RSJ Headstocks

Richard Offen richard.offen at o...
Sat May 22 17:46:48 BST 2004

--- In bellhistorians at, David Bryant <david at b...> 
> > I'm not sure if Barwells did but Bond of Burford used them also 
(Kington St 
> > Michael, Wilts and Bremhill are two examples).
> I don't think Bawell's ever used RSJ headstocks - I expect CJP will 
be able to say for definite.
> The only firms I know to have used RSJ headstocks are Bowell, Bond 
and, more recently, Arthur Fidler. RSJ headstocks are hardly elegant!
> David
Elegant, no, but they worked extremely well (certainly Bowell's did) 
and made very tough and reliable headstocks. 

The only disadvantage was that there was no means of getting a staple 
bolt through - a problem which Whitechapel (and, no doubt, others) 
have overcome by welding a piece of flat steel on each side of the 
web to strengthen the area to be drilled for a centre bolt.


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