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This particularly fine and original Drummond B-Type Admiralty lathe was acquired from the grandson of it's original purchaser in 2019- its only owner from new in 1919. The new owner reported that: "Having worked on five other B-Types including two Admiralty versions, I can say with confidence that this is the most original, unmolested Drummond that one is ever likely to find."
With the lathe came the original tender documents, correspondence with the War Office Disposals Department, Drummond Brothers and the tool suppliers Brooke Tool Manufacturing Co. Ltd. of Birmingham.
A very careful and sympathetic restoration was carried out with the aim of preserving the original paint and with just cleaning and polishing as appropriate. All moving parts were dismantled, inspected and re-commissioned for use. Set screws and fittings showed only the lightest of wear and tear with none, thankfully, having been replaced with modern Allen bolts or the like. The bed was found to be sound and serviceable with only very light wear.
Treadle powered via a leather round belt, even the original, and now very rare, screw-on hook and eye joining clip was in place. The 1-Morse taper spindle in the tailstock was in as-new condition and gave a satisfying "pop" on extraction. A number of accessories accompanied the lathe including full set of changewheels together with their proper cast-iron storage stand, a travelling steady, tumble reverse assembly (standard on the power cross feed models), a hand T-rest, faceplate, Pratt 1-Morse taper 2-jaw tailstock chuck; 3-jaw Pratt chuck and a 4-jaw half-depth body chuck (the chucks were all USA made WW2 imports), half and full Morse centres, a set of carbon-steel tool bits stamped "Drummond" and a further set stamped for the London lathe dealer "Geo. Adams".