And this week's Mystery Object is ...

Discussion in 'Herman's Genres' started by pdh, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    No clues, no further information, no questions answered or speculations indulged, or even any hot cold cool lukewarm icy freezing boiling type games played.

    If you get the right answer (exactly right, mind, not just vaguely in the ball-park), I might even send you a prize ...
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    So this must be the point where I start to make super specific guesses with zero hope.....

    it is a tool from the Victorian age to help a woman cinch her corset without the need of an assistant.
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
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  4. BillN

    BillN Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France

    have you taken up knitting/needlework?
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  5. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Now Bill, what was it I said? ... ah yes ...
  6. BruPri

    BruPri Top Veteran

    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    My guess it it's some kind of lifter. You squeeze it together, insert it into the object that's probably too hot to touch, release and the pegs obtain purchase to the inside of said hot object, then you lift!
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  7. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Well, it looks like the sides might compress inward to fit inside something, the little spikes dig into that something when it expands outward again, and then you can use it like a handle to carry.. and it seems it would be adjustable as to how deep it could be embedded too, into a shallower item or a deeper one based on the gapping of the little spikes.. and based on this looking like a reverse image means it might be made of a dark sprayed metal or even iron..

    And that is as close as I can get. Btw, looked at your link to Inspired Eye.. some reaaaally nice photos there Paul.
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  8. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group


    I had some of those and I've been trying to remember what they were for. During another semi-sleepness night last night I suddenly had the feeling that they are some sort of spacer/clamps for use in a drum type print developer ensuring that the print doesn't move around during the process and that the developer fluid flows evenly over the print.

    Would it be fair to assume you are using such a drum to develop your large format negatives and these spacers are being used to ensure the developer fluid flows over both sides of the negative whilst wrapped around the inner surface of the drum?

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  9. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011

    Our man from Plymouth has it almost to a tee.

    Actually, I acquired a couple of print drums to try reversal processing of paper negatives (because I didn't want to handle Sulfuric acid and Sodium metabisulfite in open trays in my cramped unventilated bathroom-cum-darkroom).

    This device is from a Paterson 10x8 colour print drum, and is a spacer that allows you to process 5x7 or smaller in the same drum (the spacer sits vertically in the tank, the paper each side of the pegs, the latter allowing developer to flow when the drum is rotated. The spacer is removed of course when you are processing 10x8s

    I've been looking at the damn thing for several weeks wondering how on Earth it was supposed to work, until the penny suddenly dropped with a clang a couple of days ago.

    I haven't tried it yet with 10x8 film negatives, and for 5x4 film I use a "taco" method where you curl them in two with an elastic hairband round and develop them in a Paterson Universal (no reels, just the centre column)

    The Sulfuric acid/Potassium permanganate bleach, by the way, is pretty hard on the the emulsion layers, and it turns out that drum agitation added a level of mechanical stress to that, so the moment I got the print into the second developer, the emulsion floated straight off the base ... so I've had to start using open trays anyway :sigh:
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  10. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    That can't be right; I've seen this before. It's a Hungarian Persuader, late Cold War Vintage.:wink:

    Cheers, Jock
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  11. BillN

    BillN Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    It's what my "batman" uses to stretch my boots
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