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03-07-2010 06:49 PM

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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.

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 07:16 PM

Looks like a saddle maker’s bench.

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 07:30 PM

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 08:06 PM

i was going to suggest you ask thos..if anyone around here would know about leather work or saddle making equipment..he would..but it looks like you have solved your question…but just in case thos will still be the best source…grizzman

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 08:08 PM ........he would know.

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 08:21 PM

I’m with John….not literally!

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#6 posted 03-07-2010 08:58 PM

It’s blue table! We had one of these in my basement growing up, i always thought mom said it was for making shoes, like for a cobbler. I’m not sure if that is me remembering correctly or not.

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#7 posted 03-07-2010 08:59 PM

It’s called a stitching horse. Check out

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 09:14 PM

A stitching horse. mine is located in my shop ;-)

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 09:19 PM

Who wants to put stitches in Horses ? I was going to guess tweezers for a giant. LOL

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#10 posted 03-07-2010 11:06 PM

Looks like something you would use to castrate small male pigs.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 03-08-2010 12:43 AM

These guys are good !!

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#12 posted 03-08-2010 04:55 AM

Well done Chaps! You learn something new every day. The problem with a picture is that you cannot google for it unless you have some sort of name or text. So now I have it, and appreciate the tremendous resource that we have in Lumberjocks. I will let the owner know.

-- I wish I could sell my experience for half the price it has cost me.

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