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John Gratrix

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1842 Sale Notice: 'Sale by Auction OF VALUABLE MACHINERY, PATTERNS, TOOLS, IMPLEMENTS AND UTENSILS, BY MR. WREN,
by order of the Assignees of Mr. John Gratrix, (bankrupt,) Machine Maker, Ironfounder, and Manufacturer of Rollers, Spindles and Fliers, Slide Centre Lathes, &c., at the Works, situate in Bridge-street, Preston, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 12th, 13th, and 14th days of October instant, to commence each day at ten o’clock,
THE whole of the STOCK-IN-TRADE, valuable TOOLS and PATTERNS, which are of the best manufacture, and in good working condition, comprising a truly valuable Cutting Engine, for wheels, on an improved principle, with Concave Index Wheel, containing 360 Teeth, peculiarly adapted for cutting Bevil and Skew Wheels, from the smallest pinion to 6 feet in diameter, well worthy the attention of Millwrights, as well as Machine Makers, (cost 200 guineas,) and nearly new; an excellent 24 feet Self-acting Slide Lathe, 12 inches high in the centre, with Change Wheels for cutting Worms and Screws; a 16 feet Standard Worm, three threads to the inch, 2 1/4 inches diameter, with Nut and Eccentric complete; a capital Geering Hand Lathe, 10 inches high, with Cast Iron Plained Bed, 11 feet long, and Tools to ditto ; a Machine for Turning Sheet Iron Plates, for covering Spindle Wheels in Roving Frames; Self-acting large Fluting Engine, with Apparatus connected; Self-acting Fluting Engine, for cutting 6 Rollers in Breast; two Hand Fluting Engines, an improved Double Upright Drill; Upright Drill for Boilers, complete with Tools; Cutting Engine for Roller Squares ; Punching Engine for Rollers ; Fly Boss Cutting Engines ; Spindle Screwing Machine ; 12 Spindle Lathes; and a quantity of Glaziers for Throstle and Roving Fliers; Upright Drill for Mule Spindle Boxes; Slide Lathes, 8 feet each ; 3 ditto, 6 feet each ; 13 various Lathes; 20 pairs of Vices; 3 Spindle Grinding Machines; large Grinding Stone, with Cast Iron Trough and Glaziers; Boring Bits and Rymers; Taps and Dies; Vice Pins and Boxes, cut out of the solid; numerous finished Wheels, for different purposes; quantity of Devil, Spur, and Mitre Geering, all cut and nearly new; lot of Slubbing Flies ; about 300 dozens Throstle Spindles; several cwts. of Fluted and Unfluted Rollers ; Cut Indexes for Fluting; Benches ; Lathe Bearers; Shafting; Couplings; Drums and Driving Straps. The Patterns consist of an extensive assortment In Wood and Iron, of the latest improvements, for Double Beaters, Drawing, Slubbing, and Roving Frames, Throstles and Mules for Cotton Machinery; Slide snd Centre Lathes, Punching Engines, Fluting Engines, Upright Drills, Pullies, Cutting Machines, Bookbinders’ Presses, Cottage Mangles and Wringers, as well as a great variety of other machines ; also a quantity of Cut Iron Wheel Patterns of various kinds.
In the Foundry.— A Cupola; Fan or Blast; several Tons of Old Metal; Pig Iron; Boring Heads and Cutters; Pullies of different kinds, great variety of Moulding Boxes and Plates, and Moulders’ Implements.
The Smithey includes 2 Pairs Patent Double-blasted Bellows; 7 Pairs Single Bellows; 11 Anvils; Swages and Blocks; several tons of Rod and Bar Iron, from 1/4 inch to 3 inches; several tons best Roller, Hoop, and Sheet Iron; several tons Spindle Steel, Throstle Fly Steel, Common Shafting Steel, and Scrap Steel; Smiths' Hearths, Hammers, Screw Keys, Gauges, and the usual Smiths’ Tools.
The Counting house is fitted with a large Double Desk, with convenient Drawers and Cupboards; Office Stool; superior Double Door iron Bookcase ; 20 light Gas Metre and Fittings. The Miscellaneous Articles consist of a Factory Bell; large Brass Mortars ; 3 inch Steam Piping, large Scale Beam and Weights; Joiners' Benches: quantity of inch and halfinch well-seasoned Bay wood ; Hand Cart ; quantity of Files; on Improved Patent Portable or Cottage Mangle ; quantity of Brass Castings and Old Lead; Steel for Tools; Bolts; Washers; Glue; Glass Paper; Brass, Iron, and Steel Wire ; and an endless variety of necessary appendages to the business. Further particulars ....'.[1]

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  1. Preston Chronicle, 8 October 1842