• Short Summary

    Story about the Pinto Collection of Wooden Bygones, items from the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Description

    Oxhey, Middlesex.

    M/S of a black and white Bull Terrier on the lawn in a garden. Mrs Eva Pinto enters the shot with a pair of oak tongs which she puts around the dog's middle and guides it off up the steps. M/S of her guiding the dog up the steps. The narrator says the tongs were used in 18th Century Wales to remove noisy sheep dogs from Church on Sundays and they are part of a collection of 'wooden bygones' that the couple have accumulated.

    M/S of Mr Edward Pinto in the garden with the house behind him. He is holding a silver topped cane and a wooden walking stick. He is joined by his wife Eva who is still holding the oak tongs. C/U of them both looking at the cane. He takes the top off, unscrews the silver part and pulls it up and over to look through the end. It is really a Scottish bird watching stick from 1885. His wife takes it from him and looks through it.

    C/U of the other walking stick and Edward's hands attaching a blade from the hook to the bottom of the stick to make a saw, this is a farmer's saw stick for cutting off tree branches or ivy. M/S of him demonstrating the cutting motion to his wife. She nods and leads him off to another part of the garden.

    M/S of the house and bushes outside it, a waywiser is propped up against a bush. This is a big wooden wheel on a stick with handles and a measuring gauge. The couple enter the frame and Eva picks it up and starts demonstrating its use by wheeling it around the garden. The narrator says it was used by the gentry of the 1760s for measuring their estates and setting out tennis courts. It is also known as a perambulator. M/S of Edward and Eva looking at the measuring gauge, Edward points to it. C/U of the measuring gauge. C/U of the couple leaving the frame.

    M/S of Edward at a desk looking in a book and examining some of his bygone relics. Behind him are glass cabinets full of wooden things. Eva enters the frame and sits at the desk with her husband. She has brought some wooden gingerbread moulds and puts them on the table. M/S of a cockerel shaped mould which she puts on a wooden board. C/U of the cockerel. C/U of a board with a number of shield shaped moulds with letters on them. These were used to make learning the alphabet more appealing to children by making gingerbread letters. M/S of Eva picking it up and fitting a small wooden shield into the mould. C/U of the small wooden shield with letters on.

    C/U of Eva's face. M/S of Edward reaching across for the medieval boxwood H comb. C/U of the comb which is large and square and has a compartment on one side to hold a lock of hair, it is quite ornate with carvings on both sides. C/U of Eva's face.

    M/S of Edward holding a stay busk, C/U of the stay busk which is a long fairly flat piece of wood, these were usually chip carved on the face with intricate designs, the back usually had dates and inscriptions engraved on them. They were worn in the front of a bodice to accentuate the hooped skirt and make a woman's waist appear smaller, and was usually given as a love token.

    C/U of Eva's face. M/S of Edward holding a mousetrap, C/U of the mousetrap which is round with a piece of cheese and a toy mouse in the bottom, he touches a wooden peg which releases the top part of the trap, this comes down and squashes the mouse.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:10:00 / 01:20:52:00
    CP 185

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