Coupling, Holms; Holms, James; 1900; WW.2006.2452.a
Coupling, HolmsAbout this object
This coupling was invented and patented by James Holms in the early 1900s. He was 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 set up the Holms Spreader Clasp Company Ltd for its manufacture. James died in 1918 as a result of the influenza epidemic that swept through the country.
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.
inorganic, processed materials, metals, iron, cast ironInscription and Marks
J HOLMS on one flat face of curved link.Measurements
h 155 mm x w 136 mm x d 60 mmSubject and Association Keywords
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