Lignum Vitae (L V) saw, yard No 647, c 1805.

 
Lignum Vitae (L V) saw, yard No 647, c 1805.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Description

Saw made by Henry Maudslay (1771-1831) used for cutting a segment from a log of Lignum Vitae (a resilient dense hardwood from the West Indies or South America) in order to make a sheave. A sheave, or pulley, is an integral part of a pulley block used in the management of the sails of ships.

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