Day No.16 – Pantograph Machines

There are a number of beautiful Pantograph engraving machines in the workshop. While working today, I moved some flat aluminum stock that was sitting on top of the Leinhard engraving machine. Underneath I found this:

The Harmon Bros.

The Harmon Bros.

 

Lienhard Pantograph engraving machine

Lienhard Pantograph engraving machine

 

I wonder if Dennis had it set up to engrave a sign…

The other engraving machines aren’t as heavy as the Lienhard, although this little one below seems very versatile, allowing you to suspend objects in the vice while engraving.

The manual claims you could engrave a curved silver vase!

 

Versatile Pantograph machine

Versatile Pantograph machine

 

The manual

The manual

 

A page from the manual

A page from the manual

 

This last Pantograph machine is the most primitive, but for me the most intriguing. I saw pieces of what looks like another in the basement.

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Day No.15 – Water of Ayr

It’s been a few days since I’ve updated the blog with new photos. I did a guest post on the Current Projects blog to kick off the new year about the conservation work I did on an automaton bear. You can read it here.

Things are finally finding their places in the workshop. Today I discovered a massive reserve of the now depleted and widely coveted Water of Ayr stones, also known as Tam o Shanter hones.

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Day No.7 – Now that’s a demagnetizer !

A Boettger and Wittig Demagnetizer, a watch was placed inside of the core and the slide was then moved in and out to change the polarity of the magnet, as described in patent number 699863:  The slide and comb thereon constitute a pole changer, and in practice the same is actuated to cause frequent reverses of the direction of current that goes through the electromagnet. A magnetized watch, tool, or other device is placed in the hollow core of the electromagnet… the pole changer is operated to effect its function… the result being demagnetization of said device.

Boettger and Wittig Demagnetizer

 

A Boettger and Wittig Demagnetizer, a watch was placed inside of the core and the slide was then moved in and out to change the polarity of the magnet, as described in patent number 699863:  The slide and comb thereon constitute a pole changer, and in practice the same is actuated to cause frequent reverses of the direction of current that goes through the electromagnet. A magnetized watch, tool, or other device is placed in the hollow core of the electromagnet… the pole changer is operated to effect its function… the result being demagnetization of said device.

The watch is placed inside

 

Patent US699863

Patent US699863

 

To use, a watch is placed inside of the core; the slide is then moved in and out to change the polarity of the magnet, as described in patent number 699863:

The slide and comb thereon constitute a pole changer, and in practice the same is actuated to cause frequent reverses of the direction of current that goes through the electromagnet. A magnetized watch, tool, or other device is placed in the hollow core of the electromagnet… the pole changer is operated to effect its function… the result being demagnetization of said device.

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Oddly enough, or maybe not oddly at all given the circumstances, Dennis had a collection of demagnetizers. This was my by far my favorite though.

Here are some other goodies from today’s work:

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Gorgeously golden aged lacquer on an antique microscope

 

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Pocket meter with original leather case

 

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A sample of the level collection

 

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Lovely little drill press

 

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Extra Schaublin 102 headstock

 

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Engine turned background

 

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Watchmakers lathe transmission drives

 

 

Day No.5 – leaks

Today the roof was inspected and deemed beyond repair. The options are limited, so we’ve decided to have the roof tarped in the meantime. New leaks have started and the buckets are filling fast. I spent much of the day navigating the leaks, as we experienced a torrential down pour.

New leaks

New leaks

Water pooling beneath the safe

Water pooling beneath the safe

In between emptying buckets, I found a dozen or so small antique alcohol lamps of varying sizes.

A modest collection

A modest collection

Under a bench and under some other stuff I found what looks like a second complete Lorch lathe in its original box.

The 8mm Lorch lathe

The 8mm Lorch lathe

This was sitting near by:

Hand wheel

Hand wheel

There are several lovely glass bell jars of many shapes and sizes. Here are a few…

Bell jars

Bell jars

and of course more clocks and bits.

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Day No. 4 – Measures

Another day at the shop. Unfortunately, the snow is melting and with it, bringing horrible leaks in the ceiling. This has been long pointed out to the building owner and was a constant problem for Dennis in his 30 year tenancy. Water is causing serious damage to the antique books, lawyers book cases, the safe, and mahogany desk. The family came over to help me cover everything in plastic and put up more buckets, but I am really terrified of what will happen if the roof is not fixed immediately. The floor has begun to buckle under the safe… and beneath the library sits the chemical room….

Trying to save the library

Trying to save the library

The ceiling above the safe

The ceiling above the safe

Dennis’s daughter has always said his knowledge came from reading the vast number of books in his library. Most of them are rare, old and out of print. More than books will be lost should this library be further damaged. I would move everything out, if I could, but there is nowhere for it to go… and it’s possible the floor is not sturdy enough to move the safe at this point.  I may try to build some supports to raise the furniture up off the floor to prevent the bases from further damage.

But I’m sure you came to see more beautiful objects and so…

Levin 8mm watchmakers lathe

Favourite 8mm watchmakers lathe

Old tool box filled with gravers

Old tool box filled with gravers

Ebony magnifiers and an ingenious magnified set of tweezers

Ebony magnifiers and an ingenious magnified set of tweezers

Inca spring models

Inca spring models

FILES FILES FILES - all brand new!

FILES FILES FILES – all old new stock!