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Sheep's Foot

Is all made of iron, with an hammer head at one end to drive the ball nails into the ball stocks, and a claw at the other end, to draw the ball nails out of the ball stocks — M.
It is customary to have one for each press, which in a wooden press is suspended by the head from two nails driven into the near cheek of the press, just below the cap. It is a very useful article to the pressman; but is often applied instead of the mallet and shooting stick, to tighten or to loosen quoins, though it occasionally makes a batter by slipping; I do not like to see it used for this purpose.

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