Re: [pepysdiary] Turning Term used in the Navy
It's possible others have emailed you an answer directly.
I think you ask a difficult question. I have looked at the passage to
which you refer:
The list of other items in which "table screws" occur suggests to me that
they were used in furnishing the cabins used by the officers -- to manage
the ship and their living quarters.
Here is a diagram of a modest but well-known early 17th-century ship.
Surely the Great Cabin and Chart House would have tables. The cabins
occupied by the officers are not shown, but Pepys spoke of them when he
went to Holland to retrieve Charles Stuart. E.g:
Your English is excellent.
At 04:46 PM 1/22/2009 +0000, you wrote:
>Hello, I'm new here. I'm trying to understand what could be "table
>screws" on a ship in Pepys's time. I found this term in a list given by
>Claire Tomalin, when she explains that one of Pepys's clerks had to
>compute such a list in order to ascertain how much money the King had
>lost because of bad financial practices in the Navy.
>I suspect that "tables screws" have something to do with a milling
>machine, but has anybody here a more precise idea in mind?
>Thanks beforehand, and I hope my broken English isn't too hard to
>understand. (I'm French.)
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- Hello Francois,Tables dating from the Restoration period often have turned legsIf you look at the table at the bottom righthand corner of page 147 on the following document, there is a picture of one such table.http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=_fdzSlXj0wUC&pg=PA145&lpg=PA145&dq=Seventeeth+century+table+legs&source=web&ots=mW0pTzs8Q5&sig=q3H5eWNVCms1lN1FPWBW3D3s-4c&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPA147,M1This Spiral Twist or Barley Twist work was very fashionable in England in the 17th centuryIt could well be what Pepy's was referring to.RegardsNick Balmer
- Thank you both. So in your opinion, tables screws are "real" screws
used for instance to fix turned legs to tables in the cabins? That
would be so simple?