Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Brass Composing Stick

This is the only brass composing stick in my collection. The body of the stick is brass, the knee is brass - the screw clamping the knee is steel, although the nut is brass. The stick is 11-3/4 inches long and 10 picas deep. There is no identifying information on the stick as to manufacturer. It is a very basic Common Screw Stick in design, with holes spaced along the rail and a knee with a slot that allows fine adjustments. It is interesting to note that the knee on this stick is not braced with any sort of cross-bar to prevent the knee from becoming sprung, and as a result, this knee is slightly sprung - that is, the face of the knee is not perfectly parallel to the head of the stick. This usually results from years of tight spacing of lines that gradually bends the knee slightly out of parallel. The Albion stick was the first to have a brace to prevent this from happening- I will show an Albion stick in a future post.
Remember that you can click on the picture to get a larger image. Also please remember that I am eager to get additional information on any of the sticks that I describe. You can leave a comment here on the blog or email me at hawleybk@insightbb.com
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