Friday, May 27, 2011

Schoonhoven and the Clock and Silver Museum.

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We went to Schoonhoven in NL on the way to Germany. It is known as the silver center of NL. It’s a quaint, sleepy type of place, as seem many of the small towns in Europe.

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Nice little side streets that lead to the Clock and Silver museum we were on our way to.

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This is an clock mechanism made in the 15 century. Took eight years to make out of iron and weighs about 3 tons. Very impressive.

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This clock was for 18th century farmers. It rings the time twice.

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The two little two little strings on the sides were actually much longer. They led away from the clock to where ever the person was in the house, and then by pulling on them the last hour the clock struck would repeat itself. That way the person would not have to walk to the clock to see the actual time. Clocks and Silver (42)

A nice teapot cira 68. I am not going to describe too much. There were many clocks and watches and silver objects that would fill a book to describe.

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A sailing boat made out of silver, about 500mm in length. That took some time to make.

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More interesting to me was the old tools. This is a multi workbench of the time. Anne reckons it would make a great dining table. Got to admit it WOULD have ‘tude!

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This is an old style lathe made out of wood and steel. Even though it is primitive, I could quite easily see myself doing turning work on it. The tailstock is right up against the headstock, by the way.

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When one owns a graver set like this you either really know what you doing or you trying to impress your fellow goldsmiths. Actually, all the excellent engravers only use maybe five or six gravers for their work. The rest are used maybe once in a year.

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An old tumbling machine circa 30’s. The restoration is not good. The white drum is actually plain wood. It would have not been painted white in actual use.

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Basic workshop. Scales, and a gas fired oven in the corner. The big green bottle was where acid is stored, normally sulfuric acid.

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  This is a foot operated polishing unit.

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Not overly impressive. I mean, it COULD be a bit more tidy. It doesn’t HAVE to look like it was involved in a traffic accident, 1830 or not.

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An old draw bench. Same as today still. All these tools picture still survive in one form or another today.

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This roller must have been a real mission to turn.Why was the handle ‘S’ curved?

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