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The Stockton & Darlington Railway Jigsaw Coaster Set or Pot Stand

£37.50 £30.00

The Stockton & Darlington Railway Jigsaw Coaster Set or Pot Stand

Dimensions: 18.5cm x 18.5cm

Only 2 left in stock

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A gorgeous set of four walnut jigsaw coasters that click satisfyingly into place to form a complete image of Timothy Hackworth’s plug wheel when not in use, or when using as a pot stand. The name of the Stockton & Darlington Railway is carved around the circumference.  When the set is taken apart to form the four coasters, the design becomes an interesting abstract pattern and a conversation starter. The question is, is this a set of coasters or is it art? The base of the coasters is of cork so precious polished surfaces are protected from scratching.

The jigsaw coasters are made in a little workshop in the New Forest in England and the timber used is Forest Stewardship Council approved (FSC).

Each product designed and inspired by the works of Timothy Hackworth is packaged with a little card of authenticity confirming that the product has been approved by the Great Great Grandaughter of Timothy Hackworth – Jane Hackworth-Young.

Dimensions: 18.5cm x 18.5cm

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Timothy Hackworth designed this type of wheel which went on to be used on the Royal George (1827) and on nearly every other engine on the Stockton & Darlington Railway and other railways for many years. It was cast iron with wrought iron tyres shrunk on; Hackworth was the first to apply the wrought iron tyre to a wheel. The wheels were made up in parts as there were no lathes in the Shildon workshops, where Hackworth worked, large enough to turn up the rims when fixed upon the axle. The centre part or ‘boss’ was machined true, and the outer rim trued by the centre and made tight by wooden plugs and iron wedges. They were dotted with curious plug holes (hence the name plug wheel) to ensure sound castings and reduce unnecessary weight, and in practice were found extremely efficient. (Source: Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive by Robert Young 1923).

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