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Puckle, James (b. in or before 1667, d. 1724), writer and inventor, was the son of James Puckle (bap. 1633, d. 1690), a merchant trading with Amsterdam, whose brother Thomas (1638–1724), a London merchant, took out patents in 1693 for plastic wood and for a screw-wheel device for lifting heavy weights, thus perhaps encouraging his nephew's bent for invention. His mother's name is unknown and nothing is known of the younger ...