Willson "Slant-bed" Lathe. This lathe was also badged as other models including the "Elliott Ensign" and , with a straight bed, as the Elliott Mark 1N and Mark 1U. The headstock speed levers were concentric on a single boss with some versions having a distinctive cover over the levers with a semi-circular base and straight angled sides at the top. Instruction Manual, Parts as Sectional Drawings and detailed Sales and Specification and Accessories Catalogues for both Slant-Bed and other versions. Includes threading and spindle-speed charts.
Manuals and Catalogues
Willson 7.5-inch and 8.5-inch Lathes: Instruction Manual and Illustrated Parts Manual for the model with two concentrically-mounted speed-change levers on the front face of the flat-topped headstock and with a clutch lever pointing forwards. (Some versions, internally identical, had a "quadrant" arm to locate the speed change lever). The screwcutting gearbox has two levers and, between them, a sliding tumbler. Includes a copy of the maker's Sales and Specification Catalogue.
Willson 7.5-inch (suitable for the 8.5-inch as well). Parts Manual as exploded-component drawings.
Willson Mk. 5 7.5-inch "Newel" and "Wilson/Elliott": Instruction Manual and Illustrated Parts Manual (as useful sectional drawings) for the model with the large circular (or semi-circular) boss on the headstock (from which the spindle-speed levers protrude) and a circular control on the face of the screwcutting gearbox. Includes a copy of the maker's Sales and Specification Catalogue - and also diagrams of the Headstock speed chart and Screwcutting Gearbox Threading and Feeds Plate - items often damaged or missing on this model.
Willson Pitel Lathe 8.5-inch centre height. The Pitel can be recognised by it's flat-topped headstock and more angular lines - it was based on the "Newhall" model. Instruction Manual with Parts as Sectional Drawings.
Willson - interesting but tiny Booklet: "A Brief Explanation of the Essential Points of a 7.5" Centre Lathe".
Willson Woodworking Spindle Moulder. Instruction Manual.
Willson Woodworking Planer Thicknesser. Instruction Manual.
WILLSON SLANT BED LATHE Catalogue ((Also badged as the Elliott Ensign for the USA market and, with a straight bed as the Elliot N1, NU ) Sales Catalogue. 8 pages.
WILLSON 71/2" and 81/2" lathes. Sales & Technical Specification Catalogue. 8 pages
Willson Vee Bed Gap Lathes 10.5" Sales & Technical Specification Catalogue. 4 pages.
Willson Vee Bed Gap Lathes 91/2" leaflet 4 pages
Willson Vee Bed Gap Lathes 101/2" leaflet 4 pages
Willson Vee Bed Gap Lathes 121/2" leaflet 4 pages
"A New Willson 81/2" Centre Lathe" Leaflet 4 pages
Willson 85/8" lathe. Leaflet 4 pagesWillson 71/2" lathe. Four different Sales leaflets for the early (1949) version with lever control of the headstock spindle speeds. 20 pages
Willson 71/2" Lathes. Brochure for the later (1953 on) model with dial on front of headstock. 12 pages
Willson Tracer Lathe. Catalog 8 pages
Willson 85/8" lathe. This model was listed, but not fitted with badges, as the "Pitel". It has two concentric speed-change levers on the front face of the headstock and, alongside, a horizontally disposed 3-position quadrant lever for the screwcutting and feeds reverse. Two copies of the Sales & Specification Leaflets 8 pages.