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John Bower (of Clerkenwell)

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of Clerkenwell, London

Lathe and Tool Makers

1827 'SOCIETY OF ARTS. The seventy-fifth annual distribution of the prizes granted by the Society took place on Monday.... To Mr.J. Bower, Clerkenwell-green, for his improved lathe chuck, the large Silver Medal.'[1]

1840 Ornamental turning lathe advertised for sale by auction at Bonhams[2]

John Thomas Bower was born in Kirriemuir, near Forfar, c.1795-6. He became established as an engine-lathe and toolmaker, at 13 King Street,Clerkenwell. His rose engines and combined rose-engine/ornamental-turning lathes are among the finest ever made. John Bower died on 25th August 1849.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. Stamford Mercury, 8 June 1827
  2. [1] Bonhams - A rare John Bower ornamental turning lathe, circa 1840
  3. [2] Ornamental Turning website: John F. Edwards 'Holtzapffel Volume VI', a compendium of rare or previously unpublished material related to Ornamental Turning - ROSE ENGINE TURNING