Lepley Leather Punches (Somerset County, Pennsylvania)

These are photos of the two hand-forged leather punches that were in the bucket with the 19th century Lepley gun parts that was found in Southampton Township, Somerset County PA. The punches were for making round holes in leather, and the holes in the punches are still filled with leather. Forming the cutting eyes of these punches seems like it would have taken extraordinary blacksmithing skill.

These two photos are not to the same exact scale. The larger punch is 3.657" long , and the smaller punch is 2.831" long. .

Details of the large punch are shown in the next three photos.

Details of the small punch are shown in the next four photos.

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