A hat stretcher, actually I think it is a Bowler Hat stretcher used in a tailors shop to keep hats in good condition. I had never noticed until I looked closely that it is inscribed with the name of William Plant and the address 51 Hilton Street, Manchester. The number 2 is also inscribed several times. I have read there is a museum in Stockport dedicated to the hat industry. Anyone out there know if Hilton Street still exists?
A blood circulator. Patent number 13932. Inscribed with the name D Macauras. Presumably originating from the 1920's. The only mention of the name Macauras I can find is in the Middleboro Gazette, Minnisota in the mid 1920's. Any information gratefully received.
If you place the circulator against the bare skin of the body, a leg for instance and turn the handle rapidly the end rotates. A not unpleasent sensation that I presume would break down blood clots. Again any other observations greatfully received. And no rude suggestions concerning alternative uses!
A grappling iron/hook, often seen in old movies where the prisoner in the yard escapes by throwing it over a wall and climbing up the attached rope. This particlar one in my possession belonged to a police force. I am told it has been used on several occasions to recover bodies from rivers and canals.
So there you have it. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog and even I learnt something . We must do it again!