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Posted 2 years ago

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Hardbrake
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What I have pictured here is a cast steel, 3 footed table. While at work I passed a large trash bin of the type that is loaded on the back of a large truck when full. Sticking up out of the bin like a strange antenna were the 3 hard caster rollers and 3 footed base of this table. I stopped and inquired about the table from an inmate who was loading items into to the bin for transport to the local dump. The inmate stated that she knew nothing about the table other then she was instructed to put it in the trash bin. In instructed her to remove it and I contacted the property department of the Institution. I informed them that I would buy the table from the state as to the state just throwing it away. The property department had me fill out the proper paper work and a short time later I made an offer on the table. The offer was excepted and I picked up my table and I have been trying to correctly identify it ever sense. I believe it to be a Photographers Studio table, but I could be wrong. The table is adjustable for height and has a narrow top. There is a set screw located on the side of the table support post, which has a large handle. The height of the table is adjusted by use of a three handled adjustment nob just at the top of the lower half of the table support. The table has no identifying manufacture label but a California Institution for Women property tag is still affixed. This property tag is made of brass and is of the type used in the early 1950's. The Institution was taking their mug shots at the time with a 4x5 view camera, which is now on display at the main entrance of the Institution. They had their own darkroom and processed the shots inside the institution. In the early 80's when I started working as an officer there the institution was still processing their own film but stopped a short time later. The 4x5 was not in use. I currently use this table to support my 8x10, Kodak 2D view camera. If someone knows for sure what type of table this is please let me know. Hardbrake

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  1. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    It looks like a sculptors stand to me. It's very nice, glad you rescued it.
  2. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    I'm sure I could find more info, but here's a link to a photo:
    http://www.factory20.com/tables/artist-sculpture-stand-vintage-industrial/
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    @ stefdesign, that link you provided shows a table that is made from the base of an old Stewart Chicago Clipper, a hand crank device for clipping or shearing farm animals. I have the same base in my shop as a roller stand & I have one with the clipper drive.
    http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=211145
    They make a great base for tables & stands.

    Hardbrakes table could very well be a sculptors stand, & the one you posted the link to could have been used for that , but the base is re purposed.

    David
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    That was a great save Hardbrake, love it.
  5. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 2 years ago
    Thank you I went to the link I will hold off on what this table is for right now as there is just to muck stuff under the top of the table. The Art department (Arts in Corrections) did more in the painting realm the sculptor. I purchased quite a few painting for Inmates in the Hobby Craft program which I have on display in my home. Hardbrake
  6. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    My husband thinks it's a plasterer's stand. Whatever it is, it is awesome looking! Great catch on that base, Walksoftly. They do look identical. I have a sculptor friend who uses a very similar, vintage sculptor's stand as yours, that's why I recognized it immediately. But I've also seen many different styles, some have wooden tripod style legs, some look more like tables with a center post that swivels up with the platform. One of the common features is the top surface is usually unfinished plywood, since clay or other art materials would damage a nice wooden surface, and the plywood can be easily replaced.
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Thanks stef, I hoped you wouldn't take offence to having me point that out.
  8. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    No offense taken, walksoftly. I'm sure I could be totally wrong about what it is...I'm just sharing what it looks like to me, and hoping all the experts either verify it, or set me straight!
  9. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 2 years ago
    First off I would like to thank all of you for your input and you have given me someplace to start looking. I knew that if I posted this table I would learn something and I have. I will start looking at plaster's and sculptors stands. Hardbrake

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