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I'm enjoying this thread quite a bit so here's a couple clocks I have.  The GE is fairly common; I picked it up at an auction about 20 years ago.  The Simplex is an unusual vermillion red that I haven't seen elsewhere.  My daughter has it in her room.  

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More from exterior...
The last 8 houses in our terrace (ours being the end) all have a large, chamfered, 3 intersecting circle 'venn diagram' style design carved into the stone lintels above all of the windows, doors, and gennel. Ive had a look on the Internet regarding what this design relates to, there are numerous explanations from The Occult to Borromean to Led Zeppelin but nothing as to why they would be carved into the stonework of Victorian terrace houses which tended to be functional rather than ornate.
If its just a 'masons mark' and he only worked on these 8 houses, why the heck is it so large? no other houses in the nearby streets have them, not even the villa's.
If anybody has a better explanation i would be interested in hearing your musings...

Anyhow.. back to the thread at hand.. i found some Victorian iron bench ends which have the same design cast in and thought that they would mirror the lintels perfectly.


The legs have been bead-blasted and repainted and it's had a new oak seat and backrest, with the 3circles design routered through and chamfered.

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You’ll know it’s commonly called a Trefoil - but it’s definitely not a mason’s mark although I couldn’t easily say why only a select number of houses have it. Perhaps as you suggest there were a couple of masons working in the construction of the houses and one did an extra bit of carving and the other got paid the same regardless?
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Or maybe they sacked him after the first 8 houses because he was fannying around with the details when the brickies wanted to get to the boozer...

These be they


..all the other lintels in the street are just a stone slab, they don't even have the beveling.
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Same as construction now - start out with good intent (no, not really) and then make every effort to ignore the contract and maximise profit
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Don't forget apply for planning permission under the guise of 'affordable family housing' without any intention of building such
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Back around 2000 a friend of mine was fitting out his narrowboat, he bought some 30's/40's era flip down seats from a GP's surgery which was having a re-fit.
Lovely things, beautiful brassware, mahogony furniture and red leather seating, although it had seen much better days...
I stripped the old woodwork away and had the brassware re-polished, i re-furnished them with 1.5" waney edge oak seating, they looked perfect in his narrowboat, flipping up out of the way when not in use.

The deal was, i did the restoration work in exchange for all the remaining seating.

I never made use of them at the old address because the old barn was Grade II listed, the external courtyard walls were also listed being attatched to the barn (the heritage nerds don't take too kindly) Ive saved these bloody things for nearly 20years and i still don't really have a suitable external wall to support seating.

You'll have to use your imagination with this one...
The 2x brass castings in the middle are what attach to the wall/vertical surface, the 2x brass castings on the outside are what support the seat.



If you imagine the 2x pieces of mahogony screwed to the wall and a piece of timber screwed through the 6x holes to make a seat.


In the horizontal/seating position it would look like this.. obviously with a seat on top

To neatly flip the seat up into the vertical possition you just pull it towards yourself which moves the peg down the slide and they lock perfectly upright.
Lovely simple mechanism.


Ive even kept the original brass fixtures and fittings

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While i'm at it... more nostalgia

Here's my 1970's era 'embossed'  Lyons Maid tin sign which ive framed and screwed to the garden fence.
The later versions wern't embossed, minor design changes through the decades ect...

A design classic of modern childrens advertising.


Until recently i also owned the late 70's - early 80's 'Walls' ice cream tin sign with the two children, girl wearing Clarks sandals, boy in patched jeans and blue pumps.
I gave it away to the 'Man n' Van' who helped us move as part payment...
I never bothered framing it... Walls ice cream was awful! almost as bad as Mr.Whippy

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I absolutely love that flip seating hardware. Very beautiful stuff and well-designed. 

They remind me a bit of the "swing stool" seating used in a lot of cafeteria-style tables (and prisons) in the US in the 20s:




I make things out of leather.
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