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19th c. Plumber's Turnpin in lignum vitae wood


Code: FL5194


H: 17cm (6.7")Di: 12cm (4.7")

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.