What on earth is that!? And what was it used for?
The Osmond Little Marvel
Made of tin, it stands about 40 cm (16”) high and 40 cm (16”) long. There are 6 cup like shapes underneath which are about 13cm (5”) in diameter. The bar across the top is the handle. No motor, no cables. A manual way to agitate the clothes washing in a tub of water.
A tool that has gone out of favor today. It sits on a bench, has a handle to wind the round plate which has blades. The bean is inserted at the back as the handle is rotated.
‘This wooden gauge was used when a box was fitted to the hub of a Gig or Buggy wheel. The box was held by wooden wedges to make sure the wheel would run true’. (Information from the old label that was attached to the gauge). The short arm would fit into the hub, then the long arm could be rotated to ensure it didn’t bump into the box. Clear as mud?
Record Player Needles
This is probably the smallest item in the Murtoa Museum collection. A small metal box (4 x 3 cm) holds lots of pins which are 1cm (1/2”) long, with a point at one end. These tiny pins are Decca Gramophone Needles. Once only use, unlike the Stylus needles in the more modern version of a record player. Circa 1930’s.