19th Century Awl
One of the old plantation jobs was that of the cobbler and the making or repair of shoes. This type of awl was made to make holes for sewing the foot covering to the base sole and the handmade markings on this piece fit the modern hand perfectly. I could compare this to a large wooden tapered nail but the entire surface is hand carved or almost whittled. This was found in a slave cottage around Richmond Virginia in 1932.