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Plan of Les Halles, Paris

A floorplan, and profile view of Les Halles, the meat market in central Paris, source unknown. (Purchased 1e, Paris 2006)

Manufacture of Mathematical Instruments

(source: Panckoucke)(Purchased 12e, Paris 2006)

Making Wire

(source: Panckoucke)(Purchased 12e, Paris 2006)

A Watch Gear Cutting Machine

(source: Panckoucke)(Purchased 12e, Paris 2006)

A Watch Gear Cutting Machine

(source: Panckoucke)(Purchased, eBay 2007)

A Watch Gear Cutting Machine

(source: Panckoucke)(Purchased 12e, Paris 2006)

A Watch Gear Cutting Machine

(source: Panckoucke)(Purchased 12e, Paris 2006)

Clock Escapements

(source: Rees' Cyclopedia 1819)(Purchased eBay 2005)

Clocks

(source: Rees' Cyclopedia 1819)(Purchased eBay 2005)

Clock Mechanism for the Moon

(source: Rees' Cyclopedia 1819)(Purchased eBay 2005)

Clock Works

(source: Rees' Cyclopedia 1819)(Purchased eBay 2005)

Repeating Watch

(source: Rees' Cyclopedia 1819)(Purchased eBay 2005)

Striking Works

(source: Rees' Cyclopedia 1819)(Purchased eBay 2005)

Castle Illustration

This is a woodblock print of a castle, or walled city, from Luther's Bible, printed approx 1545. (Purchased eBay 03-2007)

Castle Reverse Text

This is the text on the back of the Castle Illustration. It is from 1 Kings 7, in the original:

1 Koenige 7:13-15 (Luther Bibel 1545)
13Und der König Salomo sandte hin und ließ holen Hiram von Tyrus,
14einer Witwe Sohn aus dem Stamm Naphthali, und sein Vater war ein Mann von Tyrus gewesen; der war ein Meister im Erz, voll Weisheit, Verstand und Kunst, zu arbeiten allerlei Erzwerk. Da er zum König Salomo kam, machte er alle seine Werke.
15Und machte zwei eherne Säulen, eine jegliche achtzehn Ellen hoch, und ein Faden von zwölf Ellen war das Maß um jegliche Säule her.
Source (Purchased eBay 03-2007)

Ancient Sicilian Coins

A page from the 1719 book, L'Antiquite expliquée et repredentée en figures Bernard de Montfaucon depicting the ancient greek coinage of Sicily

Coins

Images of several Greek and Roman coins from an unknown source, engraver "Balzer" [eBay 4-2007]

The Washington Monument, Baltimore, MD

An engraving on steel of the Washington Monument, in Baltimore, MD from Meyer's Universum, ca. 1865. [eBay 4-2007]

The Inside of a Knifemakers Shop

An illustration from Recueil de Planches de l'Encyclopedie by Panckoucke, Paris, Liege. The original caption(translated by seller):

The cutler's shop, whose guild had the right to forge, fabricate, and sell knives, scissors, razors, surgical instruments, and other edges implements. He bought his steel in bars, forged the blades, and ground his edges on the wheel (fig. 2), which imposed on the grinder a posture so characteristic as to have been almost emblematic of the trade. Working at the vise are two journeymen, one (5) with a file and the other (4) with a bow drill for boring. An apprentice at the desk gives a razor its final edge, and Madame, leaving the cash drawer for the moment, arranges her wares in the showcase.
[eBay 04-2007]

A Ornamental Turning Lathe

An illustration from Recueil de Planches de l'Encyclopedie by Panckoucke, Paris, Liege. The original caption is as follows:

Tour tourner la vaisselle contourne. A A, l'tabli. A A, &c. les pis. B, le support. C, l'assiette ou plat. D, la grande roue de conduite. E, l'arbre. F, la poupe. G, la grande poulie. H H, les rayons. I, l'ouverture de la poulie dans l'tabli. K, la premiere roue. L L, les rayons. M, la petite roue. N N, les jumelles du chassis de support. O, le cha - peau. P, le sommier. Q Q, les contre fiches. R R, la seconde roue. S S, les rayons. T, la petite roue. U, la manivelle. V V, les jumelles du sup - port. X X, &c. les contre fiches. Y Y, les sommiers. Z Z, les traverses des sommiers.
[eBay 4-2007]

The Fool and his pig

Title: Der nach dem Ziel schießende Narr
(The target-shooting fool)
Wer Zeit und Geld verschwend mit Schießen
wird noch fuer seine Thorheit büßen
der Gwinn davon ist / wie man sagt
dass man ein Loch im Beutel macht.
Ein Schüße soll dren Häuser haben
zum wohnen, trinken, und zum Gaben.

He who wastes time and money shooting
Will atone for his folly
the profit of it is, as one says,
is that one makes a hole in the wallet
a shot(?) should have houses therein,
to live in, to drink, and as gifts.

Emblem of a Smithy

The Emblem of The Smithy from Jacob Cats' Sinne- en minnebeelden (1627). http://emblems.let.uu.nl/c162736.html

pl 11, silver engine


Plate XLI Remontoir Escapements


Plate XLV Repeating Watch


walls reverse


Photo album generated by album a script by David Ljung Sun Sep 18 19:34:34 2011