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1909 Colchester with a Brown Brothers of London badge. This example is Serial No. 539 (dating it to 1910/11) and
assembly No. 7 (the latter to identify parts disassembled for painting after the initial build.

Fitted with a contemporary chuck (with dangerous, protruding pinion screws) and mounted on the original treadle stand this fine example lacks only a set of changewheels.

Found in Australia, could this be a very early version of the small Colchester as built in that country? Note the row of three bed-foot bracing bars (just like the early Drummond lathe) yet fitted (like other versions of the Colchester) with a mixture of a dog-clutched leadscrew on the front of the bed and an unbraced, swing headstock. The lathe carries no markings save for, on the back of the bed, a stencil of a tree and three digits, the first two of which cannot be read
Centre height is 89 mm (3.5 inches)
Swing in gap 200 mm (8-inches)
Bed width 88.7 mm, rear way width 28.3 mm. front way width 27.77 mm and between the ways 32.31 mm.
Leadscrew is 4 t.p.i.
Spindle 25.4 mm OD
Spindle thread 1" x 8 t.p.i.
Spindle register 29.5 mm
Spindle taper is MT1
Spindle bore is + 8" deep blind

1911 Colchester Serial No. 824--largely original apart from the micrometer dial on the cross-feed screw


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