Box of Fastening Devices: £1
A rare purchase of a box of one gross of brass fastening devices, each one comprising a tapered cylindrical column of brass, around which is a raised helical ridge, pointed at one end and with a slotted circular surface at the other. When an appropriate tool is engaged in the slotted end, and the pointed end is in line with a hole in the surface to which the fastening is to be applied, and a clockwise moment is given with the tool, the fastening device will bore its way through the holed surface and bite into the surface underneath (into which a pilot hole has been drilled), the helical ridge creating a groove as it is moved, thus creating a binding force between the two surfaces. If the said hole is countersunk beforehand, the fastening device will subsequently be flush with the surface.
When Ted asked the price of these antique fasteners, the seller said, “A pound.”
Ted presented his usual horror-struck face, but the seller (a burly, no-nonsense trader) was unmoved.
Ted paid the money.
Set of 6 Exercising Weights: £3
When buying any kind of fitness device or accessory, the chances are that it has been hardly used.
How many people do you know who have bought a rowing machine and only used it once? Or an exercise cycle and only used it twice? See what I mean?
Here is an example of some weights which were bought, probably on the spur of the moment, and the novelty wore off immediately. There are for Ted’s wife, who wants to maintain a healthy level of calcium in her bones, the swinging of Le Creuset pans being rather dangerous for people sitting or standing near by.