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> Greetings to the list!
> If those of you who do turning work could address the following query,
> I'd be ever so grateful --
> Is the following object something which could have been created in the
> 2nd half of the 16th Century in Northern Europe?
I have (in the last 30 seconds) seen documentation on similar needle
cases. They are shown on "Before the Mast: Life and Death aboard the
Mary Rose" So that purty much matches your time period.
The major difference is, the plugs are all internal, not external.
Which makes sense, since period turning technics would make an
external tight-fit plugs harder to make then interior plugs.
If I was making a case strictly "between centers" (ie period
method). I would have to just turn the exterior, then part the case
off the rough and then drill out the storage hole for the needles.
The tough part would be the lid/plug. If it was internal (like the
examples in the book), all I would have to do shape the plug (probably
with a knife) until it fit tight.
If I was making an external-fit lid, I would have either have to
have turned the case very precisely, to match the hole I would drill
in the lid. Or, use a small hook-knife to make the opening in the lid
match the diameter of the case. Either operation would be more time
consuming then using an interior plug.
One interesting thing was that a couple of the "needle cases" were
also bobbins. That is they are bobbins that were drilled out to store
the needles inside.
Hope this was some help
Ralg (who's new lathe is waiting to clear customs)