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Unknown Lathe No. 99

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And still they turn up; yet another small lathe of conventional design, this small backgeared and screwcutting example has a capacity of approximately 3.5" x 18" and would have been on the market from the early 1920s until the late 1930s. Resident in England - and almost certainly of English manufacture - the lathe had a rather unusual bed with its carriage ways consisting of a single V at the front and a wide flat to the rear. The bed feet, too, were uncommon, being of a box section not unlike those used on one version the American Atlas 9-inch lathe of the early 1930s badged as the "Metalmaster".
Built along lines not dissimilar to other lighter English lathes of the same period such as the Goodwin, Holmes, Lineker & Winfield, Stalwart, Ideal and Patrick, the machine was obviously built down to a price for the amateur market. Low-cost features included avoiding leadscrew clasp nuts and using instead a solid nut and engagement and disengagement of the drive by a simple dog clutch at the headstock end of the leadscrew - with a large wheel at the tailstock end for hand drive. Instead of a proper compound slide-rest assembly, a single swivelling tool slide was used, this appearing to be constructed, partially, of an inexpensive bolted-up assembly - though perhaps this assembly was the result of a repair, years ago, to a badly damaged casting. However, one good point in the design was present: instead of very simple "split-on-one-side" headstock bearings with their tendency to snap the casting if over-tightened, proper twin-bolt cap bearings were used. While the spindle bearings were adequate, the headstock casting was open at the front and back and its front wall rather thin - though braced by a central rib.
Although the headstock pulley appears to be one intended for drive by a V-belt, the possibility exists that a round leather rope may have been the original fitment though, for a lathe of this size and specification, a flat belt would have been more appropriate.
As is usual with many "no-name" lathes, the only chance of identification is to find a contemporary advertisement - though so far none has come to light..