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Hampton & Beebee Hacksaw
Unbelievably this antique-looking, flat-belt driven hacksaw was advertised as late as 1960 - appearing as a full page in the small-format "Mechanical World Year Book". Traced back to the early 1920s, the saw may even have been manufactured before then, the makers Hampton and Beebee Ltd. of Wednesbury, in Staffordshire, being known for their range of Hambee washers and collars. Founded in June, 1901, by 1922 the firm was well established with a capital of ?0,000 and a staff of some 125. They advertised their wares as: "Power hack saw machines, drilling, grinding and polishing machines; bright steel engineers' washers, collars, bolts and nuts, studs and square hole grub screws." Hampton & Beebee Ltd was finally struck off and dissolved on the 26th of April, 2016.
The Hampton & Beebee was not the only British-made mechanical saw with a remarkably long life, the far superior Manchester Rapidor being manufactured (in many different forms) from the closing years of the 19th century until the late 1970s