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by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

Here is another usage of mercury - we have in our family home a clock with the weight filled with mercury - below is one very similar for your interest that my father bought at auction - I think this is actually it - it's an incredible clock - mercury is definitely a hazardous material! Maybe it was...
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

notes on quicksilver usage and the denials of its use by Saxon trio. If the barbell did once contain quicksilver as well as the dumbbell, it’s not too much of a stretch of imagination to wonder if this barbell is the very one Arthur Saxon made up to 267lb to challenge Sandow with. The letter reads t...
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

Here is a view of the deconstructed bell - the globes of both barbell and dumbbell have a tube which runs right through them which allows the bar to go through, unlike many shot filled globes which are hollow (ie, no through-tube) so it's easy to see that mercury could have been used in these bells....
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

You can see the mention of quicksilver (mercury) in Abel Hedlund's text = this is incredible as it raises a possibility that the Saxons really did use quicksilver: he notes that the small dumbbell was at one time loaded with quicksilver, then later he used buckshot to increase the weight...
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

If you don't know the complicated history of the Saxon Trio - this is essential reading!
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

Dick Fern was a fairly well-known physical culturist who trained out of San Francisco - who then went on to work with people with stroke and brain injury, so the synchronicity about what he did (the last part not the first!) was very important for the family when they decided to sell. So, the barbel...
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

page 3 - from Abel Hedlund to Dick Fern
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

page 2 - from Abel Hedlund to Dick Fern
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

page 1 - from Abel Hedlund to Dick Fern
by Tom Balchin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: PC Discussion Group
Topic: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND
Replies: 29
Views: 32161

Re: SAXON TRIO'S BARBELL AND DUMBBELL SET FOUND

Here's the important bit - this is the timeline: This letter (shown below) accompanied the barbell and dumbbell when Abel Hedlund gave them to Dick Fern in 1966. It shows that Hedlund got them directly from Herbert Goethe (a German weightlifter who played the part of Hermann Saxon in the Saxon’s sta...