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  • Narragansett speed bag platform

    Hi all, I have recently acquired a speed bag platform made by the Narragansett Machine Company. This one seems to be an older one, probably late 1890 or very early 1900. It’s all original and works like new. Currently in the process of just cleaning it up to sell, and will post pictures. Are there any recommendations on trustworthy sites to list it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Steve

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    First welcome to the "Forum" and enjoy the great family. Please make sure you are just cleaning and cleaning carefully. If you are going to sell it remember the "VALUE" lies in it's original state an many buyers may prefer to pay more as "YOU" have found it and clean it themselves. Lastly, you are in one of the best trustworthy site to sell it on.

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    • #3
      Ok guys, sorry it took so long to get my pictures. Here’s what I’ve got. Haven’t touched it yet.

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      • #4
        Nice, I'd love to buy it but Iam sure you could get more for it than I have to spend. Thank for posting the pictures. By the way stammbo where are you located?

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        • #5
          I’m in Milwaukee.

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          • #6
            I'm probably wrong, but is that a crack in the structure ? I zoomed in and took a screen shot ? (Edit) I sent you a PM also.
            Attached Files

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            • #7
              Dutchman I thought the worm drive went from bottom all the way to the top on these platforms, Not just half way ???

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              • #8
                It's about two thirds of the way up. I think, but I'm going to double check, the Everlast version the worm was full length, https://speedbagforum.com/forums/for...-on-ebay/page2

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                • #9
                  I will check it out when I get back into town and get more detailed pictures. Thanks for pointing that out.

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                  • #10
                    As for the jackscrew, here’s a page from 1890’s gym advertising

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                    • #11
                      That spot that looks like a crack may just be the seam from where the arm attaches to the logo/adjusting platform. Of course I’m out of town and it’s driving me nuts to not be able to check it out.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
                        It's about two thirds of the way up. I think, but I'm going to double check, the Everlast version the worm was full length, https://speedbagforum.com/forums/for...-on-ebay/page2
                        The Wormdrive on my Everlast goes all the way from bottom to top, I wonder why Narragansett didn't go with the full wormdrive, it would've had an even more adjustment level

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                        • #13
                          Might have been for ease of assembly. I would imagine that these were shipped out in pieces in stead ready to mount. People tended to be a bit more mechanically inclined in those days. The Ford model T came with instructions on how to do a routine engine rebuild, including pouring babbitt bearings.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
                            Might have been for ease of assembly. I would imagine that these were shipped out in pieces in stead ready to mount. People tended to be a bit more mechanically inclined in those days. The Ford model T came with instructions on how to do a routine engine rebuild, including pouring babbitt bearings.
                            stammbo, please forgive me for changing the subject for a moment but I have to ask something that has been bugging me for years, "Dutchman" what is it that possesses you to gather all this information? I don't just accept it, I check it out and you always seem to right. Sorry, stammbo my curiosity just got the best of me, hope you understand.

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                            • #15
                              No problem, finding someone with vast historical knowledge is very rare these days…

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