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      Thought to be Australian in origin, the machine illustrated below was rescued in 1968 from a factory in that country where it had been in use for many years. The headstock, with its spindle running in a single front bearing and the end supported against a hardened centre, is typical of the type commonly found on smaller amateur machines throughout the 1800s (but also on a few lathes into the 1920s) while the compound slide rest assembly looks to be of a more modern design with chrome-plated handles  - though the feed screws lack micrometer dials. The twin-bar bed, still a popular design for both wood and metal lathes today, carries a leadscrew between the rails driven from a set of changewheels running on what appears to be rather larger-than-usual studs.
      Almost certainly the original unit (though its pulleys and those of the lathe headstock are of the modern V-type) the countershaft is of a pattern and built quality not seen on small lathes until the 1920s. Asked to hazard a guess as to its vintage, the writer would suggest from the early 1930s until the 1940s.  Should you have one of these lathes and can supply a set of clear photographs, the writer would be pleased to hear from you.



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