Ernest Sarjeant’s Apprenticeship Papers

Here’s the second attempt to post these.  A friend made copies and I have the copies at the house.  I also have a lot more to share, since Ernest’s great grandson brought over some of his papers.  So check back, there will be more. If you right click on the pictures and open them in a new tab you can see them better.

In the gallery above is the Indenture of Apprenticeship, the front and back page of the agreement.  I have the pdfs of these and if you’re interested in an electronic pdf of these, email mail me ( and I’ll email them back to you.

Inheriting Tools – Part 2 – Papers, a back saw and a brace

For now here is the best picture I have of Ernest Sarjeant’s apprentice / indenture papers.  Ernest’s apprenticeship was from 1892 to 1897 under William and Thomas Lock.

Hopefully, I’ll have a better copy soon because they’re pretty difficult to read.  You can make the picture bigger by right clicking on it and opening in a new tab.

Here are two of the tools I’ve finished cleaning.  They are ready for work.

Inheriting Tools

In 1980, I was in college and I met Peggy Sarjeant.  Peggy and her family very quickly became  and continue to be my second family.  Matter of fact, all these year later, she lives down the street and her parents (Bill and Faye) live a couple of hours north.  So on Friday, she sent me the following text – “We are cleaning out our crawl space and found a ton of antique tools that belonged to my grandfather. Do you have any interest in looking at them?”  Needless to say, I appeared at her house 10 minutes later. Here’s the spread.

So here’s a bit on Peg’s great grandfather.  Ernest Sarjeant was an cabinet maker’s apprentice / indenture for Thomas and William Lock for 1892 to 1897 in Bristol.  Once he came over to America, he continued his cabinet making business in Daytona, Florida making a table for the Capital Building in 1947.

Here was the first of many upcoming rehab projects that I’ll be taking on with these tools.  Ernest used his tools for many years and he used them up completely.  The dovetail saw is one of many examples.  He sharpened this saw so many times that there is no saw plate  left.  Literally, his last sharpening left marks in the handle where the plate is held.  I’ve purchased a new saw plate for the saw from Bad Axe Tool Works and will let you know how it all comes together.

In my next post, I hope to include information on E. Sarjeant’s apprentice / indenture papers.