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    Default Pretty Wing Nuts

    As many of you know I have weakness for collecting antique tools. One feature collectors have an interest in are tools that look pretty, something where someone took extra time to just make it nice to look at. The Studley tool chest is a perfect example. I happen to like fancy knurling and things like wing nuts. Here are a few from tools in my collection I just happened to have photos of with descriptions.

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    Bronze, late 19th c. from a surface gauge

    Brass, French, circa 1835, from a rose engine, this is about 3" across

    Brass, Swiss, 19th c. from a watchmakers mandrel lathe

    Steel, 19th c. from a surface gauge
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    Iron, English, Lancashire, 18th c. from a clockmakers turns

    Steel, American, 19th-Early 20th c. from a surface gauge

    Iron/steel, English, Lancashire, 18th c. from a past of rack wing dividers

    Steel, English, London, 18th c. From a beam compass by Edward Nairne, w 1748-1774, about 3/8" wide
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    Steel, French?, Late 17th c. from a hand vise

    Steel, English, Early 19TH C. from a Peter Stubs hand vise

    Brass, French, 18th c. from a drafting pen

    Brass, French/German, 18th c. from a drafting pen
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    From a late 19th century table saw, made in Massachusetts:

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    1840s (?) unmarked lathe

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivett608 View Post
    As many of you know I have weakness for collecting antique tools. One feature collectors have an interest in are tools that look pretty, something where someone took extra time to just make it nice to look at. The Studley tool chest is a perfect example. I happen to like fancy knurling and things like wing nuts. Here are a few from tools in my collection I just happened to have photos of with descriptions.

    Share some of yours.

    Bronze, late 19th c. from a surface gauge

    Brass, French, circa 1835, from a rose engine, this is about 3" across

    Brass, Swiss, 19th c. from a watchmakers mandrel lathe

    Steel, 19th c. from a surface gauge
    How do you tell brass from bronze without doing some chemistry?
    Absolutely lovely wingnuts!.

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    Great looking wing nuts, and I am partial to the Holtzapffel type wing nut.

    I think Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin; Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. If you polish the metal the color is the first clue. Although I watched a Youtube video this past week where someone "smoked" brass with some chemicals and it looked like Bronze... so the reason for my suggestion that polishing the metal is what I would try first to discover what kind of metal. CAUTION, I'm just a student of the arts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RODELU View Post
    How do you tell brass from bronze without doing some chemistry?
    Absolutely lovely wingnuts!.
    There are zillions of brass and bronze alloys. Usually if there is any zinc at all they refer to the alloy as a brass. They used to pour a lot of red brass back in the day which was 85% Cu, 5 Pb 5 Zn and 5 Sn. The stuff looks like bronze and a lot of people call it bronze but it should probably be called brass.


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    “ How do you tell brass from bronze without doing some chemistry?
    Absolutely lovely wingnuts!.”

    Honestly, more of a BS guess based on color. I could be wrong. I didn’t do any chemistry. Glad you liked the wingnuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adh2000 View Post
    There are zillions of brass and bronze alloys. Usually if there is any zinc at all they refer to the alloy as a brass. They used to pour a lot of red brass back in the day which was 85% Cu, 5 Pb 5 Zn and 5 Sn. The stuff looks like bronze and a lot of people call it bronze but it should probably be called brass.


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    I help cast hundreds of kilos of that alloy into marine hardware at a friend's foundry: LG2 leaded gunmetal bronze.




    Plain old brass is noticeably more "golden" than "copper pink" by comparison with the same camera and lighting.

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    No offense to OP, or any others, but a question maybe?

    Why is it I get a full screen pic of a damn wingnut, but I get a itty bitty pic of a machine offset page or the like (something I need a full screen of to decipher)...?

    Maybe a mod could post a sticky in general?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    No offense to OP, or any others, but a question maybe?

    Why is it I get a full screen pic of a damn wingnut, but I get a itty bitty pic of a machine offset page or the like (something I need a full screen of to decipher)...?

    Maybe a mod could post a sticky in general?
    The forum software lets you easily attach photos which show up as a clickable thumbnail, it takes a bit more effort to cut and paste the URL of the image back into the post manually to get a full image.

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    I had a girl friend once who was pretty, but what a wing nut!

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    The reason I took a bunch of photos of my wing nuts was to make my girl friend's Christmas gift. It seems she likes pretty wing nuts and has often admired them around my shop. So I thought I would just make her a silver necklace of wing nuts. I find there are so few things sold in stores that interest me to give as gifts so I often make things for those special.

    The large one is about 1 1/2" across, these were made by machining the body and threading it 6-32, then the wings were sawn out of silver sheet, about a 1/16" thick for the big one and I think .045" for the smaller. This is a case measurements really don't matter as long as the finished part looks right. The wings were then silver soldered in place, drilled and put on a chain.

    BTW, She totally loves it!
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    Nice work!

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    Just a side note, these are cast iron, “made in the USA”, and currently available from MSC, (kinda blew my mind when I found them);

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    I think that necklace is really cool!

    My wife would probably think I was the wing nut if I gave her one, though.


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