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Post by Stanley » 22 May 2018, 03:11

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Can anyone tell me what Jim Pollard is doing in this image?
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Post by chinatyke » 22 May 2018, 06:48

Counting in?

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Post by Stanley » 22 May 2018, 07:10

Explain a bit more China. What's he working with and what exactly is he doing?
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Post by chinatyke » 22 May 2018, 13:40

Counting in was the term I knew for preparing a sized warp beam for weaving. I'm not sure of what was fully involved, but it was counting the separate individual warp threads into the required number for the fabric design being produced. It was considered a specialised job - a beam could have several hundred to over 6000 threads - and you weren't allowed to interrupt or distract the worker. I think they threaded the ends through healds during counting to control the shed in the loom, or arranged them in combs.

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Post by Stanley » 23 May 2018, 02:54

Exactly right China, we called it drawing in. Jim was a master at it, a very complicated job especially deciding what factors were important to produce the cloth required. So many variables.
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Post by Stanley » 24 May 2018, 04:18

Try this one......

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Post by Stanley » 25 May 2018, 03:04

The artefact they are stood next to is the valve gear off a big mine pumping engine......
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Post by chinatyke » 25 May 2018, 03:34

Cornish tin mine drainage pump?

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Post by Stanley » 25 May 2018, 06:28

Yes China.... Now go a bit further and take a stab at where it is......
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Post by Marilyn » 25 May 2018, 08:15

:laugh5: Cornwall? :laugh5:

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Post by chinatyke » 25 May 2018, 08:31

Wheal Jane tin mine? A lot of mines had seams running under the sea so I guess there was a lot of water to shift.

I was in Cornwall with my family when they were young and desperately seeking to get to a bank before 3pm closing time. I stopped my car and asked 3 men who were talking on the pavement if there was a bank nearby. They fell about laughing and joking amongst themselves and I never did get an answer, I just drove away and thought they must be part of the local loonies day release club. Later I found out that I had been in the village where Wheal Jane mine was located and it had recently closed.

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Post by Stanley » 26 May 2018, 02:50

Sorry no. I had better come clean..... It's a scene at Harvey's of Hayle who were mine engineers and amongst other things built big pumping engines.... (LINK)
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Post by Stanley » 27 May 2018, 03:56

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What can you tell me about this?
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Post by Gloria » 27 May 2018, 07:45

For sharpening something, maybe shovels, axes, scythes?
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Post by Stanley » 28 May 2018, 03:27

You're right Gloria but a bit more superior than that. It's a wet grinding stone that rotated at a slow speed and the bottom was immersed in water. It was valuable because it was used for sharpening cast steel tools which couldn't stand the heat associated with a modern high speed grinding wheel. It was in Brown and Pickles' Wellhouse shop.
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Post by Stanley » 29 May 2018, 06:02

Try this.....

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Post by Cathy » 29 May 2018, 06:39

Looks like something from the antiques roadshow... Mmmm, Chinese or Japanese? definitely hand etched, probably from the.... era. Beautiful.... wood. I'd say it's...

Sorry, no idea. I like it tho. :biggrin2:
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Post by chinatyke » 29 May 2018, 10:23

Cathy wrote:
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....Beautiful.... wood. I'd say it's...

Sorry, no idea. I like it tho. :biggrin2:
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Post by Stanley » 30 May 2018, 03:27

You're both partially right and yes I think it's old. But what was it used for?
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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Wendyf » 30 May 2018, 05:57

A brush pot?

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Post by Stanley » 30 May 2018, 06:03

I think so as well Wendy, of course there is no label on it saying so!

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Post by chinatyke » 30 May 2018, 06:15

Almost definitely a brush pot for calligraphy brushes used with the black ink.

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Post by Wendyf » 30 May 2018, 06:22

It's fairly obvious what this is, the mystery to me is how it works! Can someone explain please?

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Post by Stanley » 31 May 2018, 03:09

You put your card in and moved the pointer round to your works number on the periphery then stamped the card with the number and the time proving that you were actually there. This machine catered for 150 workers. If there were more you added another machine and so on.
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Post by Wendyf » 31 May 2018, 05:41

Where did the card go?

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