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17 hours ago, powler said:

How about a mount for a clock, temp gauge and barometer or hanging it length way down a pendulum clock, you can get the parts for clocks online so do a home made one.

The brometer& clock one I've done already for a friend in California, showing there time & ours , made out of yew , just finishing the skirting off....

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Well can you guess what it was used for ? Been at parents house forever,  now dismantled , dents roughly knocked out , both copper , gave the inside a quick clean up , thinking of lamp , copper reflector , eddison bulb , either steam punk vibe or anglepoise type , using the drift wood as a base ! 😀

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2 minutes ago, boo said:

Congratulations Amateur, clothes dolly , for the washing! , knocked the centre out ,makes a base , the outer a reflector ....

It's funny, the last time that I would have seen one of those would have been about 65 years ago, yet I instantly recognised it.

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3 hours ago, Yellow Bear said:

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I too recognised it, but my old Mum used to call it a Posser. Obviously she got the name slightly wrong or maybe a localised name for it. A bit like around here, stubble is referred to as ‘Gratten’.
Anyone else know it as that?

OB

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7 hours ago, Old Boggy said:

I too recognised it, but my old Mum used to call it a Posser. Obviously she got the name slightly wrong or maybe a localised name for it. A bit like around here, stubble is referred to as ‘Gratten’.
Anyone else know it as that?

OB

"Posser", "posher" both probably local versions of (given the way it worked), "pusher". No idea where "dolly" would have come from though.

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We also called it a posser.

@booI think a Dolly (dolly peg?) is different. Think of a 3 legged milking stool with broom handle. Does a similar job to a posser but used in a galvanised ‘dolly tub’ It agitates the clothes

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Not that old too remember! I first encountered it somewhere totally different! As a kid used to get dragged out trammel netting in the estuary for flatties in the boat , the old man had this idea of going in the shallows , using this to plunge the water like a depth charge , apparently scare the fish laid up into the nets , no idea if it worked but was our job, that and rowing ! Carnt do it these days or ****** all now on the estuary,  fish conservation area ! Christ we lived on flatties & shrimp as a kid .

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48 minutes ago, Diver One said:

 

was also used with Dolly Blue....a washing additive tha kept whites white

Diver One, crikey, I had never made the connection with dolly blue!

The old Dolly Blue works is only a few miles away at the bottom end  of lake Windermere. It is now a motor museum housing one of the earlier Bluebirds.

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23 hours ago, Sciurus said:

Diver One, crikey, I had never made the connection with dolly blue!

The old Dolly Blue works is only a few miles away at the bottom end  of lake Windermere. It is now a motor museum housing one of the earlier Bluebirds.

 Recall driving through there with my parents....wasn't the factory split in two by the main road?   I remember everything covered in blue dust

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Thinking of something like this , not in anyway final configuration,  just getting the idea & look right 

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Actually may change the base , got an old 4 jaw chuck , maybe more suitable 

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On 04/10/2021 at 21:22, boo said:

Not that old too remember! I first encountered it somewhere totally different! As a kid used to get dragged out trammel netting in the estuary for flatties in the boat , the old man had this idea of going in the shallows , using this to plunge the water like a depth charge , apparently scare the fish laid up into the nets , no idea if it worked but was our job, that and rowing ! Carnt do it these days or ****** all now on the estuary,  fish conservation area ! Christ we lived on flatties & shrimp as a kid .

Tofu and meal worms await us all?

Known as a dolly here too, sometimes a wooden version with short peg legs.

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52 minutes ago, wisdom said:

I think I remember my grandma calling the tub a dolly tub (it was a galvanised one and was corrugated) and the copper thing the posser.Then onto the mangle to get the excess water out.

I've still got a dolly tub in the garage somewhere. Complete with the little shelf on the side for the bar of soap , well,I,assume that's what it was for. Also the old galv bath which I used to mix the plaster in when renovating the house . Waste not want Not and all that malarkey 

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11 minutes ago, Diver One said:

I've still got a dolly tub in the garage somewhere. Complete with the little shelf on the side for the bar of soap , well,I,assume that's what it was for. Also the old galv bath which I used to mix the plaster in when renovating the house . Waste not want Not and all that malarkey 

We were the same it was kicking around for years.

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