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A brass milk skimmer with long handle and a broad pan with holes in it.
Accession No
A68.444

Name/Title
A large brass protractor with a " V " support in the middle. Scale around the upper outside edge reads from 0 to 180 degrees - both from left to right and right to left. " Adie, London " is engraved at the top. A copper coloured raised circle inserted into the middle base of instrument has a tiny piece of glass with a small " X " scratched in the middle. c.1841. It is held in a flat rectangular wooden case with a hinged lid. The base has three pieces of wood to hold the protractor in position. Two white labels adhered to inside of lid. " ADIE / OPTICIAN / Mathematical & Philosophical / Instrument Makers / 395 Strand / LONDON " is written on one. " As far as investigation shows this protractor was brought to New Plymouth by Carrington Bros in 1841, and is part of the Original Survey Equipment supplied by the Plymouth Company " is hand written in red and black ink on another label. The box has two hooks on the front for fastening.
Accession No
TM2001.214

Name/Title
A circular brass seal for the South Taranaki Bacon Company. " THE / COMMON / SEAL / OF / THE SOUTH TARANAKI BACON COMPANY LIMITED " is marked in raised letters on the seal. There are two small threaded holes on the reverse of the seal where presumably a handle would have been attached.
Accession No
PA2009.091

Name/Title
A small brass compass with a point at the end of one arm and some adjustable jaws at the end of the other arm. The compass has a decorative bulb on the handle.
Accession No
TM2003.321

Name/Title
A brass compass with a screw mechanism on the side and a handle on one end. A nib or pen is missing from the socket.
Accession No
TM2003.332

Name/Title
A brass shaft of a drawing instrument. The shaft is split in two on both ends and has a ring around it.
Accession No
TM2003.330

Name/Title
A metal milk skimmer with a long handle and a round shallow brass bowl with numerous holes in it.
Accession No
A67.323

Name/Title
A linen tape measure with a brown leather case. The round case has a brass winding handle on one side with " 66 F " impressed in it. " HOCKLEY ABBEY TRADEMARK " is moulded in the leather around the handle. The tape measure itself is linen and has inches on one side and chain links on the other side.
" HOCKLEY ABBEY " and three triangles are printed on the tape. A short length of string and a metal ring are attached to end of the tape. " FOLLETT CARRINGTON " has been etched on the rear of the case and a remnant of paper is also stuck to this side.
Accession No
TM2001.194

Name/Title
A wooden plaque shaped like a shield with a brass light switch mounted on it. "Presented by the/MAYORESS OF NEW PLYMOUTH/ON THE OCCASION OF THE/ INAUGURATION OF THE ELECTRIC LIGHTING/OF THE TOWN Jan 1906/By the Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd" is inscribed on a metal plate which is screwed onto the plaque. Two metal rings are attached to the reverse with a strand of white cord tied to them.
Accession No
PA2006.175

Name/Title
A basic Sikes Hydrometer held in a custom made polished mahogany case and accompanied by a book of tables, two wooden slide rulers and a thermometer mounted on an ivory base. The case, which is lined in parts with purple velvet contains a calibrated brass float, nine brass weights (one original one is missing), and the rulers and thermometer. " SYKES HYDROMETER / LITTLEJOHN & SON / WELLINGTON " is marked on an ivory plate set into the lid. A paper label with various calibration information is also stuck on the lid which includes a signature and a date " 9/11/34 " and "Thermometer Correct " The hydrometers serial number " 8183 " is stamped on various parts. The hardback book of tables has a title page which reads " SIKES' TABLES / OF THE / CONCENTRATED STRENGTH / OF / SPIRITS, / WITH DIRECTIONS FOR THE USE OF HIS / HYDROMETER / ESTABLISHED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR ESTIMATING / THE DUTIES OF SPIRITUOUS LIQUIDS / By Act of Parliament , 58 Geo. III, cap. 28 / TO WHICH IT IS ADDED / TABLES OF SPECIFIC GRAVITY / ADAPTED TO THE USE OF THE HYDROMETER / REVISED EDITION. The manual also has a number of handwritten notes in it. " Edwin Don " is handwritten in the front of the manual.
Accession No
PA2009.033

Name/Title
A surveyors measuring tape made up of a thin metal band wound on a metal holder. There is a winding handle on one side and a leather strap the opposite side. The two sides of the holder are held together using a screw and wing nut. There is a plastic sign stuck on both sides which reads " DANGER / BEWARE OF / POWER LINES. "
Accession No
TM1998.147

Name/Title
A steel bar surveyors chain original standard contained in a rectangular wooden box with a hinged lid. The chain consists of a length of steel bars linked together to form a single chain which is 20.1 metres long. At each end there is a squarish shaped brass knob and ring. " Original Standard / one chain long / Steel Bars / Brought out from home about 1840 / by F.A. and O. Carrington " is written in faded handwritten text on a paper label adhered to the lid of the box.
Accession No
TM2001.195
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