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James Munro

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J Munro lathe (Courtesy of Abacus Antiques)
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Lathe with planing machine attachment

James Munro of Lambeth, London

  • Maker of small, high class machine tools, including treadle lathes for ornamental turning
  • An 1860 advertisement headed 'James Munro ( From Messrs, Holtzapffel & Co.)' is taken to indicate that Munro had been an employee of Holtzapffel and Co before setting up in his own business [1]
  • An indication of the high quality of the company’s work can be seen from the photos of a lathe sold recently by Abacus Antiques of Forfar, reproduced with permission.
  • Munro produced a treadle lathe on which a small planing machine could be mounted, making use of the treadle power. Naturally, the planing machine was removed when using the lathe [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Ornamental Turning Center' website
  2. 'Cassell's Technical Educator' Vol 4, p.393 (1870s?)