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Ask a Genealogist: Curious about an inventory of cordwainer tools.

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I am new to genealogy and have started to look at probate inventories for my ancestors more closely.  Can you tell me what "cordwainer tools" are?


An inventory will often reveal things about your ancestor's life and occupation.  In the case of your ancestor, he or she was a shoemaker.  A cordwainer was another name for a shoemaker  They no doubt had a variety of knives, awls, and needles for cutting and sewing shoes.  This may include shoe nails, tack hammers, and other items for applying the soles to the leather shoes. 
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