Thomas Caine was a tradesman and wide-ranging collector, particularly of tools.
The Thomas Sydney Caine Tool Collection comprises an extensive collection of quality tools that Thomas Caine left to the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 1968. This Collection remains in the ownship of the National Trust and is managed by the Caine Tool Committee, who are also members of the HTPAA. public displays are frequently assembled from the Collection.
Pictured below are some of the tools from the Collection:
Mitre Plane (Low Angle)
Maker: Mathieson, Glasgow. Cat# C0115
Mitre Plane - Wood Infill
Maker; Archer, Goodge St. London (mid 1800's) Cat# C0167
Dovetailed Smoothing Plane
Maker: A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edinburgh. Cat# C0164
Brass, pat'd 19/10/1858, Cat # C0336
Closed-handled Smoother Plane
Maker unknown, mahogany infill, Cat# C0116
Members of the Caine Tool Committee meet regularly to work on the Collection. Catalogueing is not yet complete but continues while cleaning and preservation tasks are also ongoing activities.
Images by Ian Stagg ©2002