Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item BARK_1959.0003.0031 - Bellows, Chinese

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Bellows, Chinese

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CA Barkerville Historic Town BARK_1959.0003.0031

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height 12.5 in; length 34.5 in; width 8 in

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A rectangular box type air pump, or bellows used by early Chinese miners in place of a bellows. All board construction from spruce. Size of the plunger is 9 3 4 " x 5 1 4". Plunger handle is made from 2 - a" round dowels. Air intakes are simple rubber flap covered holes. Air discharge is near one edge of a 12 1 2" sie and near the middle. Air reaches this discharge opening with a seperate passage or "barrel" constrtucted from a wooden partition within tthe pump. Chinese favoured this type of device rather thant the belows because fo its eas of construction from readily available material, was very easy to transport and could be set up and used with a much less elaborate style of forge than that required for the bellows (WMH). In good condition but should be treated with Timber-Lox. Received from Bill Hong, Barkerville.

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125.9 KiB


December 24, 2015 10:06 AM

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