Victoria Millers were made by the Victoria Machine Tool Company Ltd., of Victoria Road, London N.W.10, England and marketed in later years by the Elliott group - the machines often carrying "Elliott" rather than "Victoria" nameplates. Heavily built, and very reliable, they were widely exported and are to be found all over the world - though, despite a range of more modern machines being developed, the factory closed in 1972. The millers were all of sturdy "workshop" rather than toolroom quality, and their use has now largely passed down into the hands of smaller professional workshops, repair organisations and enthusiastic amateurs lucky enough to have larger and better-equipped premises.
Although over many years, Victoria made a wide variety of millers these were often based on a common column and with parts shared across the ranges - it not being unusual to find a miller with its castings marked with different numbers. The machines illustrated on these pages are from the H0, PO and UO and 'M1' range that consisted of the 'U1', 'V1' and P1 types. However, the larger versions in sizes U2, V2, P2, U3, V3, P3 and U4, V4 and P4 were all very similar. The Universal Model "U" (for Universal) had a swivelling table which often included, as standard, a power-driven 3.5" or 3.75" centre height Universal Dividing Head, The "P" was a plain horizontal machine (usually with non-swivel table) and the "V" a vertical-only model - though vertical heads were available for the horizontal types.
Machines from the U1, V1 P1 range all had a 34" x 8.5" table with three T-slots, a travel of 21" and was arranged, on the "Universal" ("U") models, to swivel 45 degrees in each direction. Automatic stops were fitted to trip the 6 power feeds that could be varied between travel rates of 0.300 and 6.25 inches per minute. The vertical travel was 14" - by hand only. Six spindle speeds were provided (with the option of either a two-speed motor to double them or, on some models, a double-diameter pulley) and these generally ran from 30 to 500 r.p.m.; a 2 hp motor was usually standard - and all three millers weighed approximately 23 cwt.
As might be expected, vertical milling attachments were also available, in this case, two models, both with No. 3 Morse spindles. Both weighed around a hefty 100 lbs with the "Universal" head incorporating a second swivelling action designed to allow the machine to undertake a much greater variety of work. The body of each head was located on the V ways at the front of the main column and the swivelling head was held in turn on a deep spigot by four bolts. A horizontal shaft, which ran on twin taper roller bearings, transmitted the drive through spur gears from the main spindle - and then by spiral bevel gears up to the vertical spindle that ran in tapered phosphor-bronze bushes that could be adjusted for wear. Because the drive was not taken directly from the line of the horizontal spindle - but "stepped up" - there was a useful increase in clearance beneath the head and, because of the gearing, a doubling of the speed to give a range from 60 to 1000 r.p.m. The clearance between the face of the column and the centre line of the spindle was 9.5" and the distance between the top of the table and the nose 12.52 in the case of the Universal attachment - and 14" in the case of the ordinary type.
On this page you will find the Series 1 machines - the H1, U1, P1 and V1 - and the other types by using the hyperlinks at the top and bottom of the page.