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Older Queries

Older Queries

This section contains all the queries posted on the old website up to May 2020. There is a vast store of information here so please browse and make use of the search facility to find out more.  

Anthony Baker is hoping that TATHS might be able to help with his research regarding a carved section of chimney-piece or mantelpiece found in the Committee Room fireplace at the Foundling Museum. This was designed by William Hogarth during the early 1740s; the carver is unknown.

Robert Coles would like to find an illustration of an ancient measuring rod used in medieval architecture. 

Robert Street  wonders whether this is a  plane once used in the Chippendale workshop?


Two mystery items acquired by Nick White  in a brocante in the Dordogne in June.

 This  "coat-hanger like" balance and the iron pointed tool are from the collection of Ted Wells.

hooked pliers

Newsletter editor Richard has these odd pliers...

not a trowel

I'd like to know what this is...

Circle cutter?

Dan Howison and his neighbours want to identify this thing...

curved chisel

Hugh Thompson wants to know why this chisel is curved and slotted.

Mike Kimpton wants to identify this trade mark.

ratchet brace

Stan Shepherd wants to identify this unusual brace.

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