|Forum topic by trotter||posted 03-07-2010 06:49 PM||1155 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
03-07-2010 06:49 PM
WHAT MIGHT THIS BE?
C’mon LJs, you’re a bunch of clever chaps. (Which is more than can be said for me, because I am not sure if these pictures will even upload). This item was found in a Canadian flea market, and nobody can quite figure out what it was used for.
The tool was obviously much used because the right foot treadle was well worn from someone’s boot, and there was noticeable wear on the laft stretcher where the left foot rested. The metal plate on the right treadle latched into the metal teeth to hold the tips together.
The right foot treadle pulls on a leather strap which tightens the tips of the two upright arms. The tips have copper covering for protection. The seat rotates (but does not go up and dpwn) and has a slight angle adjustment with a handmade wooden screw thread. It would appear that the seat is older than the frame simply because it is not so well finished.
It is quite obvious that the contraption held something for the operator to work on, but what? Best guess so far might be for a leatherworker to hold and sew the padded collar for a draft horse, but this skill and experience is a little before (even my) time.
Any ideas anyone?
-- I wish I could sell my experience for half the price it has cost me.