Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
An Extended Learning and Research Center
165 Whisconier Road, P.O. Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
Cross-bar Handled Auger
Used to make holes in wood beams.
One use would be to make holes for wood pins in the construction of a barn. The auger dates back to Caesar’s conquest of Gaul. The early augers were spoon-shaped and up to 18 inches long. The first true spiral or twist augers were invented late in the 18th century. The auger shown in our collection is an example of the Jennings pattern and dates to 1855.