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      Smaller British-made Metal-turning Lathes for
      Amateur and Light Professional Use


      From the late years of the 1800s until the 1970s there were well over 200 British manufacturers of small metal-turning lathes of up to 5-inch centre height and, in addition, a number of companies either copying or re-branding machines to sell as their own. Some models were not offered to the public but intended for in-factory use - examples being Rolls Royce and Roper & Wreaks - while others were inexpensive, simple lathes of almost crude construction without backgear or screwcutting and intended for use by impecunious amateurs. A number were very expensive machines of the "Plain-turning Bench Precision" type intended for use by toolmakers and in production shops, these being manufactured to a very high standard and with prices to match. A handful were ornamental turning models - an expensive  lathe usually aimed at wealthy gentleman and whose value has always been maintained thanks to ingenious and complex design, superb cosmetic finish, remarkable versatility - and a beautiful appearance. While illustrations of ornamental turning lathes can be hard to find, makers of the type included Birch, Bower, Britton, Buck, Evans, Fieldhouse, Gill, Goyen, Hines, Kennen, Lukin, Milnes, Muckle, Munro, Overton, Paterson, Sibley, Smith, and Wilson.
      In addition to known or recognised manufacturers, many smaller makers failed to put any branding on their machine; some examples of these being amongst the  mystery items seen here.
      Amongst the better known and more commonly-found makes from pre-WW2 years (i.e. before 1939) were: Adept, Britannia, Challenger, Churchill, Drummond, ETA, EXE, Excell, Granville, Grayson, Holmes, Willimott Ideal, Mellor, Pools, Portass, Randa, Relm, Wade-CAV, Winfield and Zyto.  Post war the number of makers expanded somewhat - though as financial conditions improved during the early 1950s and the need for inexpensive machines dried up, few of the newcomers (together with many of the established makers) failed to survived beyond the middle of that decade.
      The following list of over 190 examples is thought to account for all makers who produced more than a handful of examples - together with what is thought to be almost all the "badge-engineered" types; should I have failed to include any - or you know others so far unlisted -  please do let me know.


      Muckle
      Murad
      Myford
      N.D.C.
      Newall Precision
      Norfolk
      NW
      Olmar
      Olympic
      Patrick
      Perfecto
      Perris
      Pfeil
      Pixi
      Pools
      Portass
      Pratt
      Pultra
      Raglan
      Randa
      Relm
      Rindis
      R.O.F.B.
      Rollo (Scottish)
      Rolls-Royce
      Roper & Wreaks
      Scope
      Scott-Homer
      Selecta (Unimat)
      Senior
      Simat
      Smart & Brown
      Spencer
      Sphere
      Stalwart
      Startglen
      Stedall
      Sterling
      Stewartry
      Stickland Bros.
      Stuart
      Swisten (Carstens)
      Charles Taylor
      T & L.M
      Truecut
      T. Taylor
      Turnell & Odell
      Tyzack
      Union
      Velox
      Verschoyle
      Viceroy
      Vidal
      Wade CAV
      Wakefield
      Wandess
      Warwick
      Wilfin (Findlay)
      Willimot
      Winfield
      Winfield & Lineker
      Wizard
      "Woolner"
      Wren ?
      York
      Zyto

      Ace
      Acorntools
      Adept
      Allanson
      "Altona"
      Arbeluxe (Ballantine)
      Arrel (Relm)
      Claudius Ash
      Aster
      Balding Beaver
      Barker
      Baye
      Benson
      Beswick
      Birch
      Birmel (Mellor)
      "Bonds Maximus"
      Booth Bros.
      Boxford
      Breeds
      Britannia
      Broadway
      Brown Bros.
      Bryant Symons
      "B.S.W."
      BTM
      Buck
      Bunting
      Butterfield
      BWC
      Carson/Cataract
      CAV
      Centrix Micro
      Challenger
      Churchill
      Claudius Ash
      CLH
      Colchester Early
      Colchester Bantam
      Cook
      Freddie Coals
      Corbett's
      Coronet Precision
      Cowell
      Cowells
      Cromwell
      Crostwaite
      Cuthbert
      CVA Precision
      Dalgety
      David
      Denford (Viceroy)
      Denham
      Dignus (DEC)
      Drummond
      Edgar
      Edwards
      Eclipse"
      Ellis & Reeds
      ETA
      Evans (ornamental)
      EW
      Exacta
      Excel
      EXE

      Faircut

      Arthur Firth
      Flexispeed
      Fortis
      Gale
      "Gamages"
      Gem
      George Adams
      Goodwin
      Goyen
      Granville
      "Graves"
      Grayson
      Grindturn
      Greenly
      Grigg
      Grose
      Haighton
      Haithwaite
      Halifax
      Halls
      Harrison
      Hayward
      George Hatch
      Hector
      Hind
      Hobson
      Holbrook
      Holmes
      Holtzapffel
      House
      HTH
      Holtzapffel
      House
      HTH
      Hughes & Fawcett
      Ideal
      IME
      Impetus
      IXL
      Jackson Rigby (JR)
      J.T.Jarratt
      Jason
      Jen-son
      H.C.Joyce
      Keen
      Keighley Lifts
      Kerry
      Keva
      Kneller
      Labormil
      Lane
      R.A.Lee
      Leyland & Barlow
      Thos. Leyland
      "Lincoln"
      Lineker & Winfield
      Lyn
      Malcar
      Mancuna
      Marriott
      Massey
      Mellor
      Metalmaster
      Meteor
      Midwinter

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      Smaller British-made Metal-turning Lathes for
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