Friday, 4 September 2015

Some bits to get your teeth into ~ Please give names, dates, origins and uses










  1. Ok Mr Crowbar! Here goes:

    1. No idea. Looks like a worm drive gearing.

    2. The Amphirol which was designed around 1960 by J.J. de Bakker. 2 DAF 750 cc engines with 2 variomatic gearboxes. This means that there is 1 engine and 1 gear box for each roll. The vehicle has two DAF engines and screws it self forward or reverse by rotating the rolls in opposite direction.

    3. Ashanti Combs from Africa

    4. Blacksmith's grips.

    5. No idea

    6. Could it be a bullet moulder?

    7. Bench stop

    8. Some sort of wrench. Looks Germanic.

  2. (1)Wool winder, Swedish, 19th century. The rest - as per Rog, except for 8 which is either a spanner for a wheel lock gun, 16th/17th century, or a barrel wrench for a screw barrelled pistol, 17th century.

  3. Hi Rog, that's as far as I got with number 1. With about 50 teeth that means the operative would have to turn the handle 50 times to pull or let out one turn of whatever was on the drum or roller it was controlling. Possibly for a warp feed on a loom; I can't see a wool winder needing to be that slow, Mike, but you're usually closer to the mark than me. I'm with you both all the way on the rest, I suspect number 5. is a peel for popping bread into a traditional bread oven, possibly with a secondary function as a ginger-bread mould. 6. the bullet-mould is a very decorative example, I like the sprue-nips on the end. No. 8. I thought wheel locks were mostly square-drive Mike, not hexagonal? I wondered if it might be a spanner for spanning a cross-bow? Otherwise your suggestion of it being a barrel wrench I can fully accept and as Rog says very Germanic or possibly Swiss?.

  4. P.s. Crowbard - it would be a great help if you could give us some idea of size. Number 5 is either a butter pat, or possibly a washing bat. The chip carving looks Welsh, but I've come across similar carving in parts of Scandinavia. The 'wool winder' is, I think, incomplete. It should have a cross piece at the opposite end to the crank. When the main wheel has completed a full turn, the upright member either clicks or rings a bell to indicate it has wound on a full, measured amount of wool. A hank of wool we'd call it here.Sometimes the main wheel would have a dial on the opposite side to that shown, with an indicator hand (think single handed clock dial) so the amount stil to be measured can be seen.

    The bullet mould is of a quality to be cased up with a pair of pistols. What appear to be sprue cutters on the mould are very unusual and likelier to be outside measures to judge that the correct size of ball is used.

  5. Sorry Mike, I only have pictures of these items (I try to chose the clearest views) critical details and measurements are very rarely provided. In the case of the butter-pat/peel/ginger-bread mould there was no description beyond 'treen item'.