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    Is my toolbox a 41b style?

    I have just purchased an older Gerstner toolbox from a local man that told me received it from his grandfather. Since the man I bought the toolbox from is 64, I’m guessing the toolbox to be made around 1945. On the wood under the bottom drawer it’s printed BUILT BY H. GERSTNER & SONS DAYTON, OHIO. There is also handwritten 263-Y. The bottom of each drawer is made of metal. I think it’s a style 41b.
    Last edited by Carvesinwood; 05-25-2019 at 06:11 PM. Reason: Correct handwriting on inside box

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    It would be necessary to know the dimensions of the box to determine that. Since Gerstner started using the stencil inside the bottom of the box around 1940, it's a pretty safe bet that it is from that era.

    You need to check here:

    https://sites.google.com/site/thegui...-pix-age-chart

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    I measured it and it is 20”w 12 1/4” H 8 5/8”D

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    According to Ted's chart, that would be an O (as in Oak) 41B. Did you consult the chart on his web site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by user459 View Post
    According to Ted's chart, that would be an O (as in Oak) 41B. Did you consult the chart on his web site?
    Yes, I read the chart. I agree that itís a 041b. Thatís what I thought it might be in my original text. Is there anyway to get a more accurate year that it was made? There was some handwriting on the bottom next to the H. Gerstner and Sons stamp. It read 273-Y.

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    The 273Y number is just a manufacturing number they used to keep the pieces together throughout the process. Unfortunately, Gerstner made no correlation or cross-reference that would help to date these boxes. We can just get close by observing various characteristics of construction and hardware to get a general idea of when they were made. Gerstner offers a service to date them, but it costs 50 bucks to get a vague answer.

    According to this chart, yours was most likely made between 1954 and 1959.

    https://sites.google.com/site/thegui...style-10-11-12

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