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Haley and Grumbridge

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of Spear Street, Manchester

  • 1840 Advertisement: 'To Engineers, Millwrights, Machine Makers, and Others — Important Sale of Tool Makers' Stock. Steam Engine, &c. By I. M. FISHER, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 16th, 17th, and 18th days of December, 1840, on the premises situate in Spear-street, Manchester; sale to commence each day punctually at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, and will continue, without interval, until all the lots apportioned to that day are sold: ALL the Very Valuable MACHINES, TOOLS, PATTERNS, and STOCK IN TRADE, belonging to Messrs. Haley and Grumbridge, sold without the least reserve, in consequence of their dissolving partnership, comprising high pressure steam engine, eight horses' power, with boiler, gearing, pulleys; powerful self-acting slide lathe, (new), bed 24 feet long, headstocks 2 feet high, adapted for break (or pit,) with internal wheel face plate, capable of turning six to nine feet diameter, carriage well suited for turning or for boring cylinders, pumps, &c., having flat surface, (planed,) with very strong compound slide rest: slide lathe. 20 feet long, geared headstocks 11 inches high, fitted for cutting screws, with change wheels, several changes of leading screws, rack cutting, and other apparatus, separate traverse motion for turning; ditto, eight feet long, geared headstocks ten inches high, with screw cutting apparatus; and ditto, six feet long, single speed headstocks eight and a half inches high, self-acting, for turning, the whole with top driving motion and tools; superior geared lathe, 12 feet high, (including saddles,) fixed on strong planed bed, 12 feet long, rests and tools; 12 inch geared lathe; 9 inch ditto, on 3 inch saddles, with univeral chuck; two 8 inch, two 7 inch, and one 6 inch single speed lathes; capital new power planing machine 21 feet long, 4 feet wide, 3 feet high, self-acting in the horizontal, vertical, and angular cuts, with self-oiling apparatus: ditto ditto, 15 feet long. 4 feet wide, 3 feet high; ditto ditto, (moving tool,) 24 feet long, 3 feet wide, 2 feet 6 inches high, (not self acting in the cuts;) ditto ditto, 6 feet long, 4 feet wide. 2 feet 6 inches high, two ditto ditto, (self-acting horizontally.) 6 feet long, 1 foot 8 inches wide, 1 foot high; two ditto ditto, each four feet 6 inches long, (part fitted up:) power fluting engine, for three rollers; very complete wheel cutting engine, with 81 change wheels, 14 arbors, 44 cutters, driving motion and backing machine, for cutter making; highly finished patent self-acting nut and screw head trimming machine, with 6 arbors and 2 cutters; and smaller ditto ditto, with 18 arbors and 3 cutters; self-acting geared boring, shaping, and grooving machines; two drilling, shaping, and grooving ditto; drilling machine; bolt and nut screwing machine, with taps and dies, from 3/8 to 1½ inch: several pairs of screw stocks; great variety of particularly valuable planing, turning, boring, and fitting-up tools, the entire stock of their valuable patterns; smiths' anvils, bellows and tools for several fires, twenty-four vices, benches, lathe bearers, grindstones in iron frames, driving straps; rod. bar, scrap, and east iron; one five and one ten-light gasmeters, and all the pipes and fittings through the premises; the counting-house fixtures and other effects. Catalogues will be published on Thursday, the 10th December, and may be had on the premises, or from the Auctioneer, No. 17, Princess-street, Manchester, who will (on application being made to him) forward them by post to parties living at a distance. —The whole may be viewed on and after Saturday, the 12th December, when the greater part of the machines may be seen at work.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 5th December 1840
  2. The London Gazette, p.3099