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    Default What is this block?

    A friend has acquired this, What do we know about it?
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    Looks "Herreshoffie"

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    It's elegant, beautiful in fact!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonboy View Post
    If it wasn't for the shackle I would have guessed it maybe wasn't even nautical. It's common here to have clothes line supported both ends by pulleys like that mounted on wrought iron arms on the outside of you house. you reach out the window, peg the clothes pull the line along abit . peg the next item.
    Or flag pole kit?
    We have those as well, but they are usually galvanized cast steel and painted white, not polished bronze.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    This is marketed as a Herreshoff Yacht Pulley
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Sure would be fun to make a casting of it.
    Not that I have skills like Jim Ledger, but it sure would be fun trying.
    Maybe I'll try something like that this winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    This is marketed as a Herreshoff Yacht Pulley
    Marketed by whom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimConlin View Post
    Marketed by whom?
    Several outlets. Google is your friend.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Herreshoff designed it to be a lighter version of their standard block that had enclosed bronze cheeks.
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    We referred to them as "skeleton blocks".

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    Beautiful...

    Design, engineering, casting knowledge...aesthetics...patina.. stunning.

    Do NOT polish it!

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    Forgive me for being late to the discussion, but just for the record this is most definitely NOT a Herreshoff-designed or -made block. All the drawings for Herreshoff blocks can be seen on the MIT website. There is not a single drawing for such a "skeleton block" --- as intriguing as this block may be.

    There are many "Herreshoff blocks" on the internet but few of them were really made by Herreshoff or are true to the original design. The same applies to "Herreshoff cleats".

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    The Herreshoff Yacht Pulley I can understan how the sheets run.

    My mind's eye is struggling with how the sheets would run in that skeleton block in the OP.

    I cannot see how they would be free running. The pully appears to be captured all the way aroiund.
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    It's definitely not the block you want banging on your deck, or against a wooden spar.

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    Beautiful but that bronze pin looks like it would collapse under a decent sheet load, to me.

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    Sometimes referred to as "Cage" blocks. They were intended to help minimize weight aloft.

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