Quite a few people were in the right neck of the woods with last week's Craven Curiosity, which was in fact a binaural instrument, used for detecting water leaks.

Meanwhile, Brenda Wood, from Rathmell, was spot on with her suggestion it was a Capac stethoscope dating from around 1920.

Phyllis Capstick, from Skipton suggested it was a stethoscope, as did David Henderson, from Settle, who added 'industrial rather than medical'. David Heather, also from Settle, said it was 'clearly' a stethoscope, but he suspected not for human purposes. He wondered what the extension rods were for, and took a guess it was something veterinarian, and pre 1920, the rods to get at far away places. Brenda Wood, from Rathmell, suggested a Capac

Experts at Craven Museum and Gallery tell us: "This particular binaural instrument is a Capac Company water leak detector.

"It is an audible walking stick which lets water engineers detect whether or not water is leaking from the ground. It was released in the 1950s and is displayed folded up in a briefcase. Also two leaflets are included (A4 and A2) which provide more details about the product.

"This particular model is the BS Bin. The sound range ensures that other sound interference such as traffic noise is avoided. It was aimed at local councils, water boards and other utility companies.

All items featured in this column can be viewed at the Craven District Council-run museum which is located at Skipton Town Hall. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Meanwhile, we are inviting guesses about this week’s mystery object. Suggestions can be emailed to news@cravenherald.co.uk, to arrive no later than noon on Monday.

I think this weeks curiosity is a stethoscope in a wooden box.

Phyllis Capstick,

Old School House,



North Yorks.

BD23 4JY

My suggestion is

Capac 1920 ish Stethoscope

Brenda Wood


Well this weeks object would appear to be a vintage Stethoscope, industrial rather than medical!

Best wishes

David Henderson. Settle

Hi Lindsey,

Clearly a stethoscope but for what purpose? I suspect not human. Plus, don't know what the seeming extension rods are for. So my guess is a Veterinary Stethoscope pre. 1920. Suppose the extension rods are for getting at less accessible examination targets.

Will be really interested to learn the answer.

Best regards

David Heather, Settle