Coupling, Holms; Holms, James; 1900-1910; WY.0000.707

Name/Title

Coupling, Holms

About this object

This coupling was invented and patented by James Holms in the early 1900s. The son of James Holms Senior who farmed at Waimahaka from 1875, James was schooled at Pine Bush School and then went to work for the stock firm Nimmo and Blair in Oamaru where he designed and patented the coupling.
He then set up the Holms Spreader Clasp Company Ltd for its manufacture.

The coupling was designed as an agricultural fitting for the ends of wooden cross members, known collectively as the 'swindle tree', located at the front of a horse drawn plough. These then connected to blocks and chains which were attached to a plough. It was such a successful and useful linking tool it was used for many other jobs around the farm.

James died in 1918 as a result of the influenza epidemic that swept through the country.

Maker

Holms, James

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1900-1910

Period

1900s

Place Made

Unknown

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed materials, metals, iron, cast iron

Inscription and Marks

Inscribed: 'J HOLMS' on one flat face of curved link.

Measurements

h 155 mm x w 136 mm x d 60 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Agriculture

Object Type

components

Object number

WY.0000.707

Copyright Licence  

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1900s
Agriculture

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