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Artificer 
Cannon
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05-13-18 09:03 AM - Post#1684498    


I ran across this photo whilst looking for something else, but thought others here would like to see it. (The caption for the photo is incorrect, as it is NOT a Cobbler's Bench.)

This particular bench is probably no earlier than 1820 to 1840; but the elements of the leather holding Clamp, tightening wood bar with metal catch plus the toothed catch on the one leg the metal catch was placed in at different points to have adjustment in tightening the clamp - go back the 18th century.

What is missing from the photo is the leather strap that is affixed to and goes through the fixed part of the clamp, through a hole in the other moveable part of the clamp and down to the wooden tightening bar. The missing leather strap is what keeps the clamp tight on leather in the clamp.

https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/cobbler-s-bench-antiq...

I am not exactly sure what the free standing clamp to the right of the bench is. It looks too heavy to be a leather worker's "Clam" or clamp that was/is placed between the legs to hold it while sewing leather in the clamp.

Hope you enjoy the photo.

Gus

 
R.C.Bingaman 
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Posts: 268
05-13-18 10:59 AM - Post#1684504    

    In response to Artificer

I believe you have a photo of what is called a stitching horse, common use was for harness making and leather item repair. R.C.

 
Colorado Clyde 
Cannon
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Colorado Clyde
05-13-18 12:08 PM - Post#1684513    

    In response to R.C.Bingaman

It's not uncommon to find things mislabeled....Auction houses do it a lot. I see it often in antique shops....

I was cruising through a touristy antique-ish craft shop one day and came across what looked like cannon balls....Much to my pleasant surprise they were correctly labeled "Ore crusher balls".
I complimented the owner....


 
Artificer 
Cannon
Posts: 7378
05-13-18 03:42 PM - Post#1684546    

    In response to R.C.Bingaman

  • R.C.Bingaman Said:
I believe you have a photo of what is called a stitching horse, common use was for harness making and leather item repair. R.C.



Thanks, R.C.

Yes indeed, it is a stitching horse. I wrote this post too early or I would have thought of that.

Gus


 
Gerard Dueck 
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Gerard Dueck
05-15-18 10:00 AM - Post#1684766    

    In response to Artificer

stitching horse / stitching pony, yep. You can still buy them and the modern ones look the same. I suspect the other clamp is an insert that can be fitted into a square hole on the seat part. I do woodwork and leather crafting and I have built something similar for my own use. It makes a great 3rd hand.


 
Spence10 
Cannon
Posts: 6908
06-05-18 03:42 PM - Post#1688339    

    In response to Artificer

  • Artificer Said:
This particular bench is probably no earlier than 1820 to 1840; but the elements of the leather holding Clamp, tightening wood bar with metal catch plus the toothed catch on the one leg the metal catch was placed in at different points to have adjustment in tightening the clamp - go back the 18th century.


My son used to do a lot of saddle repair and other western-oriented leather working, and I found him a stitching horse at an auction. He used it for quite some time, found it very useful. I had him send pictures.





Spence


 
Artificer 
Cannon
Posts: 7378
06-05-18 07:23 PM - Post#1688388    

    In response to Spence10

That is a very nice one. Thanks for posting pics.

Gus

 
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