A distraction robbery, at Totnes Museum in Devon on 23rd June, has led to the loss of an unique piece of local engineering history.
“The Experiment”, a model compound engine was built by engineer, John Lewis Larrad, and has been a feature of the museum’s collection for many years.
John Larrad was best known for his invention of the “Larrad” retaining nut – a steel lock nut first patented in 1912. A note that he wrote on a piece of his advertising reads –
“Choose a Bolt as you would a friend,
For on a Bolt men’s lives depend.”
This very heavy, and unique, piece of model engineering will almost certainly appear on the market and it is hoped that it will be recognised and returned to the town where it was made.
Anyone with information is asked to directly contact the Museum at Totnes.