On a scale of one to 10 for "gizmoscity" this tool
comes in at 11.5 or even higher. It has it all! The use of metal,
rare woods, storage for doodads, the obligatory small bit of
brass to attract the crows, profuse markings as to its origins
and as a final touch, the inclusion of a spring initiated by
a pull bar using a small piece of plumber's chain. Never before
has there been such a cornucopia of diverse ideas in one place.
There is only one problem. What the heck is/was it used for?
When first obtained and put into the Lee Valley collection,
there appeared to be no doubt as to its use. It's a drill
just another version of the hand drills that permeated the marketplace
prior to the invention and availability of the electric drill
in the 1920s. At this point, we are not so sure. A device for
controlled rotary movement, yes, but as to the specific purpose
or discipline, who knows?
You, the reader, will have to judge once you have read all these
facts and studied the photos closely.