Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Only a couple of obscure items ~ in a mess of charming oddities

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  1. Number one shows a continental coffee grinder of 18th/nineteenth century date, AND a quite delightful seventeenth (probably) instrument from the same area (North Europe) which is either a mainspring cramp, or a nut cracker.

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    1. Hi Mike,
      I think I put this blog entry up in September 2016; can't imagine why it hung fire for so long.
      There is a central slot below the coffee-grinder drawer into which the 'mainspring cramp' was fitted to clamp the coffee-grinder to a table, but it could also be used for such purposes as you suggested.

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  2. Item two is another (probably slightly later) coffee grinder from the same general area.

    item number three appears to be a large early (possibly late 18th century flax scutcher.

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  3. Items nmuber 4, 5, and 6 are Chinese.

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  4. Item number 8 (the ? pearl) we have had before, I think.

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    1. Yes, a lovely baroque pearl set as a babe in a gold and pearl crib.

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  5. The second photo in number 9 is a delightful French (ah, how seldom we see those two words together) cased corkscrew of eighteenth century date.

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    1. Yes, I believe the case is covered in shagreen.
      I wonder who nicked the numbers from the last pictures (10 - 14).

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