A particularly large example of a plumber's turnpin crafted in conical form from solid lignum vitae wood of characteristic contrasting markings. The piece is with concentric ring turned decoration to the underside. A utilitarian object elevated by its appealing geometric sculptural form and patina acquired through use. Circa 1880.
A plumber’s turnpin is a simple tool used for opening up the end of a lead pipe in preparation for making a wiped joint. To make a wiped joint, molten lead (solder) is applied around the joint of two items and wiped whilst still molten to gain a smooth, strong and resilient joint.
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