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Dean, Smith and Grace

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Early DS&G lathe ex-Mackay's of Cambridge, on display at Cambridge Museum of Technology
Dean, Smith and Grace lathe in service at Brecon Mountain Railway workshop in Pant
Lathe in workshops at Dolaucothi Gold Mines
1899. A big shafting lathe.
1900. Crank Shaft Lathe.
February 1901.
January 1902.
1904. High-speed 28 inch lathe.
1904. 12 inch lathe.
1904. 6 inch lathe.
1904. 28 inch headstock.
1904. 31 and 16 inch motor driven headstock.
1931. Electrically Driven Tool Room Lathe.
April 1947.
1948. Details of lathe drive.
May 1950.
1952 '17 x 36' Toolroom lathe
1955. Centre Lathe.
1955. Centre Lathe.[1]
Numerically controlled lathe.

Dean, Smith and Grace of Keighley were machine tool makers, renowned for their high quality lathes.

1855/65 Company founded.

1888 Partnership change. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Joseph Dean, James Smith, John Grace, and George Ramsden, carrying on business as Machine Tool Makers, at Worth Valley Tool Works, Keighley, under the style or firm of Dean, Smith, and Grace, has been dissolved, by mutual consent, as and firm the 1st day of January, 1888. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said James Smith and John Grace, who on their account only will carry on the business under the old name of Dean, Smith, and Grace...'[2]

1900 Crank Shaft Lathe. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'

1904 Description in the American Machinist of a new range of lathes designed to take advantage of the new high speed steel cutting tools. Tests on a 16" centre height lathe showed that it removed 1800 lbs of chips per hour.[3]

1908 Made a larger version of the American Hartness lathe than the one made by Jones and Lamson Machine Co[4]

1908 Private company formed as Dean, Smith and Grace (1908) Ltd.

1911 12 inch Centre lathe.

1920 September. Exhibited at the Machine Tool and Engineering Exhibition at Olympia with a lathe designed for repetition work of a varied nature [5]

1923 Name changed.

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history

1949 Death of Sir Harry Smith, managing director[6]

1961 Lathe makers. 700 employees [7]

1968 Numerical controlled lathe. (Dean, Smith and Grace) [8]

1995 Company in liquidation[9]

Lathe. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:24 February 1888 Issue:25790 Page:1251
  3. [1] American Machinist, 17 March 1904
  4. The Engineer 1908/10/23
  5. The Engineer of 1st October 1920 p332
  6. The Times, Nov 24, 1949
  7. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  8. The Engineer of 21st June 1968 p979
  9. London Gazette 6 December 1995
  • Machine Tools by James Weir French in 2 vols. Published 1911 by Gresham
  • The Engineer of 13th July 1900 p47
  • The Engineer of 23rd November 1900 Supplement