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Ransomes and Sims

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1852-69. Ransomes AY plough. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
1852-69. Ransomes AY plough. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
1857.
1857. Pendulum cross cutting saw.
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1860 portable engine at Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery (NZ), believed to be the oldest surviving R&S engine in the world
Portable engine for the Great Exhibition of 1862.
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1867.
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Restored wooden wheel.
29/07/1867. Engine No. 1384. 5 - 8 HP Portable engine. Made for 'Parker'.
29/07/1867. Engine No. 1384. 5 - 8 HP Portable engine. Made for 'Parker'.
29/07/1867. Engine No. 1384. 5 - 8 HP Portable engine. Made for 'Parker'.
1868. Thrashing machinery for hot machinery.
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1868. LHS.
1868. RHS.
Early traction engine.
1899. Biddle and Balk's removable tubes for boilers.
Mid-19c. Corn Dresser. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
Mid-19c. Corn Dresser. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
1852-69. AY plough. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.
1852-69. AY plough. Exhibit at Museum of East Anglian Life.

Orwell Works, Ipswich. Agricultural Engineers.

Genealogy of the Company

General

1854 Ransomes and May became Ransomes and Sims when Charles May left the business and William Dillwyn Sims joined the company

1856 Robert Charles Ransome became a partner.

1864 John Head became a partner in the business.

1867 The Automation Push Reel Lawnmower was introduced.

1869 Ransomes and Sims became Ransomes, Sims and Head.

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Sources of Information


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