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[Chest of tools possibly belonging to Anton B. Wessendorff]

[Chest of tools possibly belonging to Anton B. Wessendorff]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: It is believed that this chest and tools belonged to Anton B. Wessendorff, a cabinet maker who came to America from Germany about 1850 when he was about 20 yrs old. He started a small cabinet shop in Richmond about 1855 adding a small line of lumber and nails as demand developed. He also began making and finishing caskets.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
[Chest of tools possibly belonging to Anton B. Wessendorff]

[Chest of tools possibly belonging to Anton B. Wessendorff]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: It is believed that this chest and tools belonged to Anton B. Wessendorff, a cabinet maker who came to America from Germany about 1850 when he was about 20 yrs old. He started a small cabinet shop in Richmond about 1855 adding a small line of lumber and nails as demand developed. He also began making and finishing caskets.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
Red tool box.

Red tool box.

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Red tool box.
Contributing Partner: Fort Bend Museum
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