Part of its history. Interesting to see how they did it with machines. All of the Springfield muskets made after 1829 were cut on machines that left marks like the ones in the bottom of the peg box.Stephen
Yes, this one is unusual, in that you could see the start and stop of the cut, along with all the steps in between. Really amazing to think what they could do by machine, even without computer guidance. Many of the factory fiddles of the 1800s are handmade, but really little more than machine work, in that it was completely repetitious and machine-like, even though done by hand. And done quickly, too, many hours a day. I'm glad not to be alive in those days and depending on that amazing amount of work needed just to put some food on the table.