I am lookiing for some of those spring loaded clips you used to find in
church pews, with the button on top that was pressed to raise the clip
arm. They were used for holding the songs and readings, etc. and were
mounted on the back of the pew in front of you. I found all the kneeler
hardware I need, but these little rascals are proving elusive.
Try an architectural salvage yard. Ours have loads of umberella racks
from the ends of pews, having cut down the pews into short "deacon's
benches" and sold them as decorator pieces. "Pew clips" (which I've
never seen) may well have gone through a similar fate.
They are not used for the intended purpose anymore--to hold mens'
hats. I noticed a few people use them to hold their contribution
envelope, and sometimes children playing with the clips. I'd say
these clips are no longer needed.
The ones I've seen are dark painted shell-C-shaped pressed metal with
a hidden spring and a small rubber roller on one end with a little
more holding strength than a spring-operated wooden clothes pin. They
are design such that they won't easily catch on clothes or items.
Some modern (Catholic) churches don't use kneelers anymore, but when
used these can take a beating with normal use.
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