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Post by Stanley » 15 Feb 2018, 07:28

Quite right, I meant this year! It's my age you know........
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Post by Stanley » 16 Feb 2018, 05:00

Try this one.....

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Post by PanBiker » 16 Feb 2018, 08:49

Clock winder?
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Post by chinatyke » 16 Feb 2018, 09:00

Made by Johnny?

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Post by Tizer » 16 Feb 2018, 09:58

Starting handle for Noddy's car? :extrawink:

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Post by Marilyn » 17 Feb 2018, 03:12

Window opener?

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Post by Stanley » 17 Feb 2018, 03:44

Sorry, no to all. Not made by Johnny, standard office equipment in its day.
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Post by PanBiker » 17 Feb 2018, 09:32

Winder from an adding machine?
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Post by Tizer » 17 Feb 2018, 12:03

Part of a pencil sharpener?

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by chinatyke » 18 Feb 2018, 03:45

Stanley wrote:
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Sorry, no to all. Not made by Johnny, standard office equipment in its day.
I've just remembered what it is. Long time since I worked at Windle & Bowker. That is a clue!

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Post by Stanley » 18 Feb 2018, 04:12

You've got a good memory China. Here's another clue.

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Post by Stanley » 19 Feb 2018, 06:39

I think you'd better enlighten the masses China!
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Post by Tizer » 19 Feb 2018, 09:39

I still think it's for opening cans of tuna! Perhaps during the accountants' lunch hour. :extrawink:

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by chinatyke » 19 Feb 2018, 09:42

It's a winding handle that you insert in ledger splines to open them for insertion or removal of loose pages, typically used for company book-keeping and minutes. It's 55 years since I used one at W & B.

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Post by Stanley » 20 Feb 2018, 04:22

Exactly right China. The one I have is unused and is a ledger. God knows what they would cost today! Next one?
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Post by Stanley » 21 Feb 2018, 05:18

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Try this one. It's a shuttle of course but what's special about it?
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Post by Stanley » 22 Feb 2018, 04:47

No takers?
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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer » 22 Feb 2018, 11:57

It looks smaller than normal

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by plaques » 22 Feb 2018, 12:17

Would I get a gold medal if I got this thread correct?

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Post by PanBiker » 22 Feb 2018, 15:03

It looks like it takes a bobbin rather than a pirn.
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Post by Stanley » 23 Feb 2018, 04:09

P has got it. No. it's a fairly common shuttle but specialised.
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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer » 23 Feb 2018, 09:59

Very clever, Plaques! Thanks for the double clue! Although if I were to be pedantic I'd point out that the `gold' thread was never really gold, just a coating on a cheaper metal. Assuming that object's done, how about this? Where and what is it?

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley » 24 Feb 2018, 04:13

You've got there! It's a shuttle for carrying a bobbin of gold thread for weaving into goods for the Indian market. Are you sure in your assertion Tiz that it was base metal? That isn't my information and remember it had to stand up to repeated washing.
The room. It looks communal, educational, has feeding arrangements and whispers Icelandic or far North of Scandinavia to me. One thing certain, no indigenous trees, everything seems to be made of plywood or possibly driftwood. Icelandic Clarion House?
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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer » 24 Feb 2018, 10:20

Gold thread...have a look at this article from the V&A Museum conservators: LINK

You are getting warm with your mention of high latitudes and lack of trees! But it's not a Clarion House (as far as I know!).

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Wendyf » 24 Feb 2018, 11:16

Simpson's Gold Thread Works in Preston manufactured gold thread up until 1990. Our history society were given a very interesting talk about it a few years ago. It was made a fine wire of silver and copper encased in gold leaf.

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