Richard Lloyd Capstan Lathe
Carrying cast-in lettering along the front face of the bed proclaiming R.Lloyd & Co Birmingham, this simple little hand-controlled was discovered in Australia.
Richard Lloyd was born in Birmingham in 1772, one of sixteen children born to the Quaker, Sampson Lloyd, the founder of Lloyd's Bank. His first venture into trade, after an apprentice in one of the family companies, was to open, in 1803, an ironmongers based at 135, Steel-House Lane, Birmingham. In later years the company, having expanded considerably, was to occupy the "Galton" Works in Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham - the trade name "Galtona" being used on machine-tool drive belts, small tools and has also been found on several otherwise "unknown" machine tools including the "Turner" capstan lathe - a machine with a headstock identical to that used on the R.Lloyd.
By 1869 the company was very well established as a supplier of all types of engineering accessories and equipment and, by 1884 were advertising as makers of machine tools, lathe changewheels and other engineering equipment. It appears that, like many smaller concerns, R.Lloyd were happy to build machines to a customer's or dealer's order and incorporate whatever name was needed on the castings. Hence, identical headstocks labelled "Galtona" and "Turner" have been found together with other machines where the word "Galtona" has been crudely chiselled off (though with sufficient left to decode the deception) and even dealers' catalogues where the printing blocks where the maker's name has been erased and the machine described using some generic term in parenthesis.
The conclusion - the R.Lloyd lathe is rare and, so far, the one shown below is the one known to retain the name of the maker.