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Loads of Hudson Tuttle titles on Amazon. 'Hope that helps.

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Thanks, I'm currently checking Ebay Smile
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I checked my library and found three nice engravings about table turning in Paris and Belgium from 1853 to 1888.
The second engraving is made from a painting by Belgian painter Gérard Portielje, you may notice the man at extreme left who seems to look suspiciously under the table. And the wine bottles...

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Look at details, studying engravings and paintings may provide lot of information for the bizarrist.

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Two details from the engraving dating from 1853. While the girls at the center of the image do table tipping, two other "mediums" seem to play different game: one is pendulum divination and the other does something apparently similar with a top hat. I've to research about that kind of divination now...

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I would guess she is using the hat as a planchette, but maybe she is doing something else.
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Maybe a bucket filled with water for scrye'ing? I think I misspelled that
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The hat as a planchette is impossible in 1853. Spiritualism arrived in Europe in the Winter of 1852-53. It became almost immediately a craze (Victor Hugo did seance in 1853-1854, but I think not later.)
Planchettes weren't in use at that time, but turning the table was. Pendulum was also in use (Chevreul's book about Downing stick, pendulums and Table turning was published in 1854).

And it's a hat, not a bucket.
Contrary to the many people playing table turning, only 2 people use the hat. Maybe the hat contains messages ?
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Are you sure it's a hat? Looks to me like the gentleman is proffering his palm and the woman is reading same. Maybe whatever the *hat* actually is is something for a querient to rest his/her hand upon. Or maybe not.
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I think they're using the hat in the same way that they'd tip a table. It would be a logical extension. And of course, a hat is a personal item, which would be above suspicion, and survive examination.
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This is a great thread, I love moving into the past and exploring the madness.
Thanks again CC!

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The table is a real beauty; based upon the pictures it looks to be one of kind - especially in that condition Smile Where on earth did you find such an exquisite piece of furniture?

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It's one of a kind and I found it on ... a flea market.
The merchant discovered it earlier on another market and immediately thought that it may interest me (he was correct Smile ) So he brought photographs first and I was immediately conquered.
I've a nice collection of antique spiritualism and ghost hunting material, but this is without doubt the masterpiece.
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To "enhance" the spirit rappings, I place an antique monaural wooden stethoscope on the table. For two reasons: first the aspect of the black stethoscope fits the look of the table (an is easier to use than a spirit trumpet). The second reason is that the system has been used by Dr Crandon, husband of Marjorie "Mina" Crandon in the 1920's.

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In the séances with Mina A. Crandon ("Margery"), the first raps were faint but definite, sounding like something soft inside a wooden box. Dr. Crandon listened to them through a stethoscope applied to the table. They were so magnified as to be unlike anything in his experience. Later they developed to such a degree that the control "Walter" could render tunes or rhythmical phrases with a marked syncopation upon the cabinet, the table, the arm of "Margery," the hands of the sitters, and even on the limited surface of a ring. Once he rapped out a popular tune unknown in his day and answered in explanation that they (the spirits) go everywhere, to our theaters and other places.



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Love going to flea markets, swap meets, thrift shops...one can find the neatest things. And when you do -- aha!

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Is the top leather? How were the three colums of letters/numbers selected?

That is one great find.
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The top and the table are from the same oak (maybe an antique sacred oak Smile ). The tabletop looks lice wooden lace.
I can't be sure about the selection of column but the most logical think is typtology or a rotation of the table prior to typting.
ex: Column 1 - rotation clockwise
Column 2 - rotation counter clockwise
column 3 - no rotation.

While I prefer to hide the Eviltron, another idea comes to my mind. I can explain that the "device" his an electronic amplificator, it fits the stethoscope's mouth perfectly and enhance the sounds from the table.

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On 2010-03-17 18:48, Bill Ligon wrote:
I would guess she is using the hat as a planchette, but maybe she is doing something else.


I revised my first impression, you may be right Naljorpa. Typtology can be done this way too.
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I add a flexible monaural stethoscope to the set. More practical than the straight one. A Golding Bird's model with wooden ear piece and chest piece.

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and a momento mori cane.

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Another detail on the table foot. The Acanthus leaf, symbol of immortality or victory against Death (Nothing can take us apart).

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The Roman writer Vitruvius (c. 75 BCE — c. 15 BCE) related that the Corinthian order had been invented by Callimachus, a Greek architect and sculptor who was inspired by the sight of a votive basket that had been left on the grave of a young girl. A few of her toys were in it, and a square tile had been placed over the basket, to protect them from the weather. An acanthus plant had grown through the woven basket, mixing its spiny, deeply cut leaves with the weave of the basket.



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