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Abell (S.G.), Leggat (J.) & Ogden (W.G.): A Bibliography of the Art of Turning & Lathe and Machine Tool History
O/P. 74 pages, 2nd edition, 1970. A bibliography of 338 books on the subject. A good copy. (Ref: K2628 - F7)

Price: 20.00

Ashton (T.S.): An Eighteenth Century Industrialist - Peter Stubs of Warrington 1756 - 1806
O/P. 156 pages, frontis., 1st edition, 1939. South-East Lancashire was a centre of the metal trade and Peter Stubs, who is best known as a file maker, was also an innkeeper. The Stubs business purchased cast steel from Sheffield and using a large number of outworkers made files and other hand tools. The tools were sold to customers, including watch and clockmakers, in Britain, Europe and America. A very good copy. (Ref: K2201 - N1)

Price: 25.00

Baker (P.H.J.): Early Lancashire Watch Fusee Engines

Baker (P.H.J.): Early Lancashire Watch Fusee Engines
NEW. [24 pages], 35 figs., 1994. An important paper, an offprint from Antiquarian Horology, on 18th century fusee engines including those by John Wyke of Liverpool. Card covers. (Ref: N1791)

Price: 5.00

[Blakiston & Co.]: Wholesale Price List for Watch and Clock Makers, Jewellers, Opticians and Model makers
O/P. 31 pages, no date. A tools and materials wholesale price list including prices for watch repairs - e.g. new balance staffs from 5 shillings. The list includes the following statement: "Do not send cheap pin pallet or American Clocks, or cheap pin pallet Watches for repair. They are not worth doing" Blakiston & Co. were based in Ainsdale, near Southport and the booklet dates from the 1930's. Rare. Card covers worn and creased. (Ref: K3222 - BX16)

Price: 25.00

Crom (T.R.): Horological and Other  Shop Tools 1700 to 1900

Crom (T.R.): Horological and Other Shop Tools 1700 to 1900
O/P. 388 pages, 754 figs, 1987. This book is a supplement and companion volume to Horological Shop Tools with more information on tools and tool makers including reprints of catalogues by Swiss, English and American makers. Unused copy (old stock) recently released by publisher, in fine condition.

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(Ref: K2102)

Price: 195.00
Crom (T.R.): Horological Wheel Cutting Engines 1700 to 1900

Crom (T.R.): Horological Wheel Cutting Engines 1700 to 1900
O/P. 150 pages, 142 figs., 2nd impression, 1976. A well researched and comprehensive study of English, European and American wheel cutting engines. The book includes engines for cutting clock and watch wheels. The hardback edition. A very good copy but a few pages at each end of the book lightly foxed, bookplate on front endpaper. (Ref: K347 - E2)

Price: 70.00
Flume (Rudolph): Das Flume Buch 1887 - 1937

Flume (Rudolph): Das Flume Buch 1887 - 1937
O/P. 2 volumes in 1, 516 & 244 pages, 1937. Published on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the firm by Rudolph Flume this is a priced catalogue of the horological tools and the clocks and watch parts sold by the firm. Unusually for Flume this is a hardback catalogue, presumably to mark the 50th anniversary. A good copy (a few pages are missing but supplied as photocopies). [German language] (Ref: K4429 - P3)

Price: 75.00

Hirst Brothers & Co.: The Fourth "Wide-Awake" Catalogue of Tools and Materials for Watchmakers, Clockmakers, Jewellers and Opticians
O/P. 456 pages, not dated, but probably circa 1920. A well know catalogue of great historical interest. Pages 5 - 8, and 229 - 232 missing, otherwise complete but some pages worn to edges and some with tears. The binding is sound, cloth covered boards are very worn the cloth worn through on edges and corners, starting to split along spine. A good copy for its age. (Ref: K149 - B3)

Price: 60.00

[Japy]: 17 mars 1799 Brevet d'invention de cinq ans, Pour diverses machines d'horlogerie, Au sieur Frdric Japy, de Beaucourt, Haut Rhin
O/P. [11 pages, 4 folding pates], number 028 of 200 copies, reprinted 1973. The Brevet (patent), valid for 5 years, was for ten horological tools including a wheel cutting engine, drilling machine, machine to cut rolled brass sheet, a lathe for turning fusees, barrels etc., etc. The plates are beautifully drawn and show some fine tools. A fine copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K2636 - BX2)

Price: 60.00

[Lukin (J.)]: The Amateur Mechanic's Workshop
O/P. 148 pages, 2 folding plates, 168 figures, 7th edition, 1888. A treatise containing plain and concise directions for the manipulation of wood and metals including casting, forging, brazing, soldering and carpentry. A good copy (4cm split to cloth on spine). (Ref: K3500 - X2)

Price: 15.00

Picard (Henri) & Frre Ltd: Catalogue 1955
O/P. 123 pages, illus., 1955. A catalogue of Swiss watch and clock materials, and tools. A good copy, card covers now worn and marked, top of some pages wrinkled due to moisture. [French, English and German language] (Ref: K3088 - P3)

Price: 18.00

Penman (L.): Using the Engineer's Lathe in Clockmaking

Penman (L.): Using the Engineer's Lathe in Clockmaking
NEW. 144 pages, over 160 illustrations, 2022. A practical guide to selecting, setting up and using an engineer's lathe to make the parts necessary when making and repairing clocks. A very useful book for those who have little or no experience of using a lathe. With dust jacket. (Ref: N5192)

Price: 19.99

Picard (Henri) & Frre Ltd: Catalogue
O/P. A priced tools catalogue, for watch & clock makers and allied trades, probably published in the 1970's. Good copy but card covers now worn. (Ref: K4875 - H4)

Price: 10.00

Stubs (P.): Catalogue of Tools with Price List, circa 1800
O/P. A very good quality photocopy of the Peter Stubs of Warrington Tool Catalogue (circa 1800) owned by Professor David Torrens; photocopied by Charles Allix before he sold the Catalogue to the Prescot Museum. The catalogue has 36 full page plates (approximately 14 x 9 inches) illustrating 286 tools and is sold with a photocopy of a 15-page List of the Prices of Watch, Clock, and Jewellers' Tools, &, &, manufactured by Peter Stubs, Warrington dated 1807. I purchased this item at the sale of Charles Allix's books in 2012; The tool catalogue was listed in the Malcolm Gardner/Charles Allix catalogue of the Torrens Collection - catalogue XVI - issued in 1971. Very good quality photocopies, in good condition, nicely bound by Charles Allix with correspondence about various Stubs papers bound in. (Ref: K5227)

Price: 25.00

Surrey Dane (E.): Peter Stubs and the Lancashire Hand Tool Industry
O/P. 291 pages, illustrated, 1973. The story of how Peter Stubs of Warrington, a file maker by trade, had the vision to organise the production and distribution of tools in South West Lancashire. He founded a business which was still in existence when the book was written 175 years later. Good copy, the dust jacket a bit worn. (Ref: K370 - F2)

Price: 25.00

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