The 49th Signature by Rusty Remakes. I’ve had a soft spot for that ship pulley ever since I first saw it. It was sitting there on a shelf in my favorite shop in Stockholm Old Town, a shop selling rare nautical antiques. It’s a remarkable shop indeed, with numerous exclusive pieces. I always end up spending too much time in there, searching for that needle in the haystack and chatting with the shopkeeper Freddie.
As I’m a big fan of pulleys, I immediately spotted this one on my very first visit. Freddie wasn't sure exactly how old the pulley was, but he knew it came off a ship, built somewhere between 1920 and 1950. Finally, I simply couldn’t resist it anymore.
The back plate of the pulley already came with four holes, perfect for the cables and wall mountings. I liked the idea of the cable going into the plate and coming back out again, but in order to make that happen, I had to find a solution where I could make the plate come out from the wall a little. I went back to Freddie and looked for something suitable. A massive brass part from a vintage grenade, which just happened to be in the right size, became the final piece of the puzzle.
This design is named after captain Nemo’s submarine in Jules Verne’s novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea”