call the pawn shop owner and ask if the engraver passed away at a
ripe old age, if so then its most unlikely it was from HIV. This
tends to be a young persons as in a sexually active age disease.
did you get the minature brake press? I hope do.
Doing work for free? A good friend of mine had a daughter, who
suffered from cystic fibrosis.
Not a well person, and she had a really artistic nature.
As her expectancy was no more than a couple of yrs I asked if she
would like to make some buttons? she said she would love to.
I talked to my modeller, and die maker asking them to do their work
for free as I planned to make the buttons likewise.
100 of each of 2 designs.
She would then sell them through the CF trust here in the UK.
The 2 designs were the “Hand of Salome” her name, and the “Eye of
A couple of months later much to her surprise and real joy I
delivered them to her.
She’s no longer with us, but her work always will be.
On the theme of a treasure chest of tools, 3 weeks ago at out local
Sunday car boot, a house clearance chap I know put out some small
scale foundry equipment, along with coin and medal magazines from the
1960’s, metal working and foundry reference books and a 6in by 3 in
dia rolling mill.
Had the lot, got it all back and went through it all.
The mill had 3 of the rise and fall drivegears missing. however, in
amongst the papers was the original owners name and address, Arthur
Jones, along with his military service records. Royal Army Ordinance
Corps, ie bomb disposal people. Born 1929, enlisted 1944 discharged
on medical grounds in 1950.
As an ex service chap myself, its right and proper to return records
to ones old unit for their archives.
after a lot of searching found the RAOC veterans association and
they were pleased to have them.
I mentioned that as an ex sevice chap myself, I dont give up, he
said service folk never give up!! it made my day.
So the next thing was to go to the address where they came from, and
ask if the gears were anywhere about.
Called in and the place was empty.
On the floor of the porch was a delivery note August 2012, for a
chipper with a Mr M. Jones, same address and mobile phone no.
To call the no or not? well nothing ventured nothing gained, made
the call and found it was the nephew of Mr. A Jones.
I explained what I had bought and what was missing and asked if I
might do a proper search of all the sheds.
He graciously agreed, and he mentioned that there was also a big
press there as well, cleared last year, by a local scrap dealer.
So yesterday I went back to the house and went through all the
sheds. nothing there.
Then there are 4 scrap dealers in a 20 mile radius of this house.
Off to call in to see them all, At the 3rd, drove into the yard and
there, on one side where it had been put since last year!, was the
A hand operated, my guess,100 ton, toggle press, made by Krause,
that Mr A jones had used to do his coin experiments.
. Collected it yesterday afternoon with the car transporter, weight
around 1 ton. Will motorise it, suitable for work up to 1in in dia.
Some tooling with it as well. Got it for $100.00 It will make a nice
demonstration piece when restored.
A quick search on the Net and Krause are still in business.
An email off to them with questions about age? serial no, tonnage
Its infact a heavy duty printing press, Ideal for small work.
Gears I can find, a press like that? a once only chance.
For a picture, Google Krause hand press. One identical just sold in
Hope you enjoy.