Mom told me last week that she had seen a leather embossing kit at a local auction, and asked if we wanted it if it were available again this week. I told her sure. My boy does leather work, and old tools are cool regardless.
Today in the mail, I found a small package.
I dropped a penny in the box to provide visual scale. Very cool. Very cool indeed.
According to this article, Craftool leather dies are almost impossible to date. The company was founded in 1947 and Tandy leather bought them in 1959, The tools have been almost continuously produced since that time. This box shows patina, and the tool shows honest use, but overall, I'd say that this set is in very good condition. In fact, you can buy them today, in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" size. It appears that these are the 1/2 inch stamps.
Thanks, Mom, and I'll see that it gets in the right hands.