Is the screwdriver shown in this listing the correct T-1902 screwdriver?
Would appear to be, like one that found by me.
Here is the Ford print. Different makers could have varied some, but the main features are there.
Thanks for the help. I had a copy of that blueprint somewhere but I misplaced it at some point. The one in the listing looks as though it has had the "standard" life for a 100 year old screwdriver.
Do I remember this detail wrong? The square shaft goes all the way thru the handle. If that statement is correct then the eBay auction is not a Ford screwdriver as the end is round.
I have owned several of these and all have the shank going all the way through the wooden handle. So the end of the shank can be seen at the top end of the handle.
I think if you look more carefully you might notice that the shank of that ebay screwdriver is in fact square but the ends often appear somewhat rounded because during its life the screwdriver was likely used as as chisel and hit with a hammer which tends to round off the end and also chip off the handle. I do think however that a more close examination will show that the handle is in fact hard maple and not oak. I have seen a few and they did not appear to be white oak or red oak but did appear to be hard maple. It could have been hickory too I suppose but the handles are too smooth and close grained to be oak or ash.
I have a perfect one in front of me. It has the original black paint on the handle, and the top portion is indeed square. I found it in an antique store for $3!
I keep looking in here to see what a screwdriver from the year 1902 looks like. After more than 45 years in this hobby you would think I would be used to those part numbers by now?
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
It was a cruel trick to make that shaft go all the way through the handle... anyone who has used one to check for spark may know what I'm talking about.