~ Yet Another Winder ~

Discussion in 'Tools' started by Steersman, May 17, 2015.

  1. Steersman

    Steersman Well-Known Member

    This one is a bit smaller ....table top sized. Well made and sturdy. The spool doesn't (easily) remove. Also, that spool is canted slightly downward from level, when the device is clamped down. No marks on it anywhere.

    Any ideas as to application and age? The mouse-ear end on the clamp screw generally means 100+ years old on old C-clamps.




    Thanks for looking.
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  2. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

  3. FlyingButtonRanch

    FlyingButtonRanch Crazy for old clothes buttons!

    Rope twister/maker?
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  4. afantiques

    afantiques Well-Known Member

    Intestines for sausage skins.
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  5. Steersman

    Steersman Well-Known Member


    Innard winder sounds possible. That would explain the non-removability of the spool. It'd squeeze the umm.... unwanted material from the intestine, and then you'd just pull it back off. The open eye on the end could hold the end of the gut.

    Headed for my old catalogs.
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  6. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    One difficulty we have here is that the part(s) to the right of the frame casting in last pic aren't original to the machine, so we don't know if the orig parts were like that or if the thing was re-purposed at some point. Was likely some kinda windah.
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  7. anundverkaufen

    anundverkaufen Bird Feeder

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  8. Steersman

    Steersman Well-Known Member

    Although I'm a little unclear about how it works, (I don't see how the spool comes into play, and is it removable?) I'd say anundverkaufen has likely earned the Coveted Gold Star on this one. Since the one in the link is slightly different, I'd still like to find an original catalog picture.

    Spring, are you sticking to your ...ummm, guns?
  9. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Well, no, ah surrender! Good find, the two are similar indeed 'cept for markings on gear and the linked one having skeletonized clamp screw wings. They both have that plated spool part-must have been plated to keep from getting any rust on the stuff being wound up.
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  10. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Is it just me, or does that thing look like an Industrial era Kokopelli figure?
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    No...it's just you.......BUT THAT'S FUNNY !!!!!!!!:hilarious::hilarious:
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  12. Steersman

    Steersman Well-Known Member

    I've learned a little more about this thing. I believe it is Samuel H. Flagg's 1874 patent for a 'stock-twister for hair-switches.' Patent number is 150,144.

    Also, I found this is a book about odd tools:

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  13. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    Very cool!
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