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Old 23-01-2010, 22:05   #1
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Folding Nav Station Stool

Does anyone know where this fitting for a folding stool comes from?Click image for larger version

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Old 23-01-2010, 23:57   #2
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No!

But it looks simple enough to make from stainless or aluminum.
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Old 24-01-2010, 00:00   #3
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I agree looks very easy to make. oh I love the looks of it and may make one myself.


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Old 24-01-2010, 00:38   #4
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Thanks - the seat itself looks easy enough certainly but the bronze hinge and strut looks to be a set of fairly refined and elegant castings. I cant find anything like this from ABI, Bristol Bronze, New Found Metals, Calssic Marine, Jamestown Distributors, etc.
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Old 24-01-2010, 02:01   #5
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Agree Squarerigger
I've done a lot of metal fabricating and agree....the seats a piece of cake...but the mechanism is a work of art and not obvious to me from the photo how it works exactly.
There are certainly easy ways to make/buy simple folding mechanisms...but if your after the elegance of this style...it would be a difficult DIY project.
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A very elegant piece of furniture. Very close to what I need for Bluestocking's nav station.
The channel shaped mount looks very much like the base from the old Merriman-Holbrook Hi-Field Lever used for running backstays on my old gaff sloop. Try someplace like Bacon & Assoc in Annapolis. or Sailorman in Ft Lauderdale. 2 gold mines for this type of stuff. Not connected, just a satisfied customer of theirs.
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Old 24-01-2010, 07:19   #7
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I have one these (exact) sitting a shelf in my shop. The cast markings show the bronze bracket is made by Wilcox/Crittenden.
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I have one these (exact) sitting a shelf in my shop. The cast markings show the bronze bracket is made by Wilcox/Crittenden.
After an intensive search it appears Wilcox-Crittenden is out of business. A lot of their products are still floating around (pun) but no new seats.

So, you now have an classic antique. It seems some other casting companies have bought out the rights to some of their products but whoever has the patterns for the seat, don't know.
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Old 24-01-2010, 18:19   #9
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Thanks everyone - now we at lest know its origins. It also soundls like there would be a rasonable number of buyers for this thing if anyone were to bring it back into producton.
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Mystic River Foundry can fabricate just about anything from an existing piece or from provided specifications. They do great work. WG
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This wasn't an easy one, as I dont speak any German...they do have an English website though... Steuermann - Klappsitz bei Toplicht
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Wow! That is one impressive bit of maritime detective work! The stool is 129 Euros (with VAT) - couldn't resist. Thanks!

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This wasn't an easy one, as I dont speak any German...they do have an English website though... Steuermann - Klappsitz bei Toplicht

Wow, that was a nice piece of work. Good job. Wish I knew what they were saying in the online catalog. They have some good stuff....
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I second the impression that this is a great site. I found that Google automatic translator does a fine job of maning the site accessible.

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I have one these (exact) sitting a shelf in my shop. The cast markings show the bronze bracket is made by Wilcox/Crittenden.
I also have one of these. Very neat little prop. It's no longer on the boat (total redo) and I'm not sure if it will or won't make it back onto the boat. It's definitely too nice to not try to find some use for.

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