The Mystery Of The Wooden Contraption And The Final E

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This old photograph has "Mr Savill, my grandfather" written on the back. I have spent some time trying to work out what Mr Savill's occupation was: the step ladder is fairly self-explanatory, but what is the wooden contraption in his right hand? And surely his name must have been Saville - what happened to the final "e"?

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