Boley Home Accessories Boxed Lathe Sets F1 Precision Watchmakers'
Boley Capstan Lathes Late Model 4L Boley Milling Machines
Stands & Drives 4BK Watchmakers' Lathes 1a, 2a, etc
Watchmakers' Lathes Headstock Bearings Triangular Bed Lathe
Bevelled-edge Bed Lathe Model 5LZ Production Lathe Size 2 BE2 Precision Drill
A reproduction of superb 86-page Boley lathe & watchmakers'
tools catalogue is available
Boley & Leinen were a completely separate company from Boley - but founded in the same area.
A contact writes: The basic story, regarding the two Esslingen firms, I got either from Gunther Leinen, the grandson of the founder or from Fritz Carl Mahr, who was a good friend of Gunther's and the principal owner of the big measuring instrument firm of Carl Mahr.
I also knew the son (Gunther's father) who was owner and manager of the firm at the end of the war - when, as an American Serviceman, I had my first contact with Boley and Leinen and with the firm of G.Boley. In any event, I was told that the manner by which Boley & Leinen acquired the Boley part of the name was a matter of acute embarrassment to the Leinen family. The founder of the firm, Gunther's grandfather, had been employed by G. Boley, and left them, initially, to manufacture the bench vise of his design. This vise was always marked "Leinen" even though it was always manufactured by Boley & Leinen. G. Boley also made an exact copy of this very popular item. My understanding is that Leinen was quite successful with the vise and decided to go into the watchmaker's lathe business; in direct competition with G. Boley; an already well-established name. Supposedly he search the town directory and located a not particularly well-off widow with the family name of Boley and persuaded her to become a "partner" in his firm. His firm thus became Boley & Leinen. This is really all that I know of the matter. It would, of course be very interesting to know what relation the widow's husband had been to the G. Boley of the pioneer lathe firm. Unfortunately 1 have more or less. lost touch with Carl Mahr and anyone else in the Esslingen region.
The illustrations below date from the early 1960s and depict the "Reform" series of lathes and accessories, a design that combined features from the "Geneva" and "WW" designs. These models could be supplied with a wide range of accessories and, in traditional fashion, were offered in fitted wooden cases. Special boxes, to house a customer's particular requirements, were also available made to order..