Milford Woodturning Lathe
Virtually unknown, the British-built "Milford" wood lathe must have been, from it general appearance, current during the 1950s. Similar in layout and size to the well-known Harrison Jubilee and Graduate lathes, it was, like the latter machine, strongly built from cast iron ensuring that, despite its modest dimensions, it would been a stable and vibration-free platform. However, as on so many other wood lathes, the makers scrimped by fitting headstock and tailstock spindles only able to take No. 1 Morse centres instead of the far more robust and useful No. 2
Of approximately 6-inch centre height and admitting 30 inches between centres the lathe had a bowl -tuning unit fitted to the left-hand face of the robust headstock-end plinth. Like most lathes of this pattern, including the Viceroy TDS and Wadkin Models RS, RU RUH, BZL, BXL and BHL-150, the plinth also held the electric motor that drove directly to the spindle by a V-belt.
As the headstock-mounted maker's badge appears to be part of the casting and not screwed on (as indeed was the switch box) - it would appear the actual maker was indeed a Company called Milford.
If any reader has a Milford lathe, or knows of the Company, the writer would be interested to hear from you.