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    Re: Weird "anchor"
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2006 Sep 9, 21:50 -0500

    Henry Halboth gave a nice answer, although there was a bit of
    uncertainty in it, that like Red's reply seems to justify the anchor
    being a model or sample.   I'm wondering, though, about the size of the
    shackles.  They seem not to be to proper scale if the anchor is truly a
    model, but rather to be ordinary shackles of a proper size to fit the
    model.  If scaled up to a real anchor's size, they would be enormous!

    Would that have been appropriate for a promotional/patent model?

    Does the Sachsen (German for Saxony) inscription on the shank help?

    I tried some Google research relying on my very rusty German and
    Google's not-too-good translation capability but came up empty handed.
    There is/was a Anker-Werke (Anchor-Works, as in the British term for
    factory) in Bielefeld, Saxony -- but they make (or made) sewing machines!

    I also tried Ankerwerk (one word, no "e" at the end) but came up only
    with horological references.  My best guess is that the latter term
    means "anchor part."   Apparently Saxony had a fair amount of clock and
    watch makers that made 17 jewel baseplates or "anchor parts"

    Lu Abel

    Red wrote:
    > Lu, I wonder if it could be either a promotional model, a salesman's sample, or
    > a patent model. Sometimes scale models were made (of many products) to submit
    > with a patent application, or for salesmen to carry around with them instead of
    > large bulky objects--which anchors certainly could be.<G>

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