weepingdragon

Stitching/saddlers clam origins?

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Hello,

Does anyone know the origin or know of any old documentation that discusses stitching/saddlers clams/clamps? I was under the impression when I purchased mine 35 years ago that they were a late 16th/early 17th invention. Doing the "Goog" , it says that they have been in use in Europe "for centuries", but don't define "centuries".

 

Thanks for any input

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I've certainly seen illustrations dating from the 13th century depicting leather workers and shoe makers using clams, both attached to a bench and between the workers knees. 

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All my books are packed away until late spring/summer time. Check out some of the 14th century Books of Hours and Psalters

There is a Leatherwork museum in the Midlands of England. Have you contacted them?

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I'll contact them and see what they have for info, thanks

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I contacted the Leatherwork Museum and all of their sources are from early late 18th/19th century.

 

Thanks again

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