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RyanSpark

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Hello,

I purchased a house with a large shed full of bits and pieces the owner was happy to part with. Inside the shed was this large lathe.

Could anyone help with identifying it? Ive been the name Bonny...

Is it of any value?
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Made by Dempster, Moore and Co of Bonnybridge and Glasgow. 50 miles or 9000 miles from you, depending on which Perth you're in.

The lathes were often installed in ships, and examples were designed for mobile army workshops.
 
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Almost certainly by Dempster, Moore and Co of Bonnybridge and Glasgow. 50 miles or 9000 miles from you, depending on which Perth you're in.

The lathes were often installed in ships.
Wow that's interesting. Im actually in Perth Western Australia. I'll have to keep digging on its history. Thanks so much for the information
 
Over the years I have come across several Bonny lathes for sale in New Zealand.

Also several un-named lathes which are similar, for example the distinctive row of three vertical slots and a sliding lever along the bottom edge of the apron. The levers are "Surface", "Screw" and "Slide".

(Colchester used two slots in a similar style, as did some other lathes e.g. Mars (Australia) and Selson).

The tailstocks are fairly distinctive.

Here are some with the Bonny name:

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Here are some lathes, also in NZ, with similar "three lever" aprons, but no apparent cast-in name:

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These lathes look similar, but have a "Laco" Lawler Ayers & Co., London" badge. Possibly a sellers badge? LACO did manufacture pipe benders according to adverts on Grace's Guide.

This one in NZ, updated legs/base, headstock and feeds gearbox a bit different:

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This one in Australia, ex-Grace's Guide:

Lawler, Ayers & Co. lathe in Australia, ex-GG 01.jpg Lawler, Ayers & Co. lathe in Australia, ex-GG 02.jpg Lawler, Ayers & Co. lathe in Australia, ex-GG 03.jpg
 
Wow that's amazing info and images Peter. What should I do with it? Is it of value to sell or more of a hobby restore piece?
 
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