Posts filed as 'Machinery'
The BUSMC Ltd: Its works and...0
We’ve recently been sent this fantastic book by Roger Grimes who lives in Kimberley, Nottingham. It belonged to Mr Arch Hallam who was the brother in law of James Grimes, Roger’s grandfather. His name is in the inside cover with Check No. 203, and it is dated August 1933.
The book has pictures of all the processes and machinery from various departments and branches with the machine operators; the first page has a picture of Mr Charles Bennion from a painting by R Grenville Eves dated 1928. It is a superb book to add to our collection, and tells us so much about not only BU, but life in Britain between the wars for working men and women.
James Grimes was also employed at the BU, along with his brother-in-law Arch Hallam, and they worked there most of their working lives.
Roger’s father, also James Grimes, worked at BU for a period during WWII – probably on wartime production. Being a good draughtsman he often presented the company with drawings done at home, of his designs and ideas. One of these was taken up by BU, this was referred to at the time as ‘blind riveting’, I think we now refer to them as pot-rivets. The company paid him the princely sum of £10 -a generous amount at the time, he was told that his drawings were sent over to the US to develop his design into a working tool, and that BU held the patent on this.
Date posted: August 13, 2018No Comments
Listen to Geoff Smith’s memories of a BU life.
Born in 1940 at 45 Cromford Street. Attended Melbourne Rd infants school, Charnwood St junior School -Just failed 11+ exam – Moat Boys senior School, and left in Christmas 1955
Started at BUSMC April1956 as an Electrical apprentice: RAF 1960-1964 (Air Radar Mechanic): Back to BUSMC in 1964 on Electrical Assembly.
1968-1974 Drawing Office Electrical Draftsman.
1974-1997 Commercial Office (Bottoming Dept) Maintenance, Installation, Technical Teaching, Trade exhibitions. 1997 Redundant.!!!!
Total 329 overseas visits to 29 different country’s in 23 years!!
Date posted: January 8, 2018No Comments
A couple of enquiries which BU History viewers might be able to assist with. Send replies to email@example.com please.
Firstly, from Grahame Jordan…
“I’d like to find more information about the American inventors who came to develop new machinery at the BU Belgrave Road site. I am a Leicester resident, born to a BU worker, whose father was ‘an American Inventor’ of shoe machinery.”
And also from… Audrey Fuller in the USA.
“Hello, I recently purchased a very old cobbler machine, the story is that it came out of a copper mine owned by the Phelps Dodge Co. in Morenci Arizona, it was used to repair the miners work boots. I cannot find a number on the machine other than a 6hm and it is the only red one I’ve seen on the internet, not sure if it came that way or that someone in the past had painted it.
Can you tell me anything about these machines that have the John O Flarerhty Montreal Agents on the wheel, some of them only have The British United shoe Machine co. on them. Are these machines rare? Any information would be so helpful, I’ve enclosed a few pictures of it, hope this helps.”
Date posted: August 9, 2017No Comments
Maarten Beijen found this beautiful oil can on a market in Romans sur Isere, France, last Sunday.
Date posted: July 11, 2017No Comments
Any Old Info0
Marc Harris (USA) has a beautiful BUSM leather machine (pics below) that he plans to donate to the San Jose Historical Museum in California and would like to know the date of manufacture. The serial number is 5472. Any info would be appreciated!
Date posted: March 5, 2017No Comments
Graham Damant –
I have just bought a Pearson sewiung machine and have managed to work out how the basics work and its stitching well. However it would be useful to have a manual, any ideas where I could buy one.
Date posted: October 19, 2016No Comments
Dave Porthouse has sent us some images of his machine: Dusty, then cleaned up.
“I did use this machine many years ago when making some leather moccasin type slippers and basically it punctures the leather to enable it to be neatly stitched. The crank arm with the wooden handle drives the straight cut gears at approximately a 1:2 ratio which in turn drives the spindle. Locked to the spindle on the business side is a sharp pointed wheel like a small spur. The working platform has an adjustable fence to set the spacing between the edge of the leather and the line of stitching . The platform has the adjustable spring loaded tensioner that applies the piercing pressure via what looks like a tuffnol roller. It is set for single row stitching but I can see from the roller that it has been used for double row stitching by fitting an additional spur wheel. Although it is just over 12″ wide and 8.5″ tall it weighs in at 13lbs on my bathroom scales.”
Date posted: September 6, 2016No Comments
Alan Foster from AIM Engineering in Glossop, Derbyshire, has been in touch about this item….
“Hello there, We have found an old The British United Shoe Machine Company LTD in an old derelict building we recently bought. I attach some pictures and would be grateful of any user manual or help in how to disassemble it ? It looks to weigh over a ton and is on the first floor so difficult to move. It is free to anyone who can collect it ( It looks awkward to get out as there are no stairs!)
Any information welcomed as I have found the BU history website fun to visit.
Phone; 0145 786 2505.
Date posted: June 9, 2016No Comments
For Sale – Cutting Press0
Western Australia again. Donna has written “I have this cutting machine which we were using to press out carpet and vinyl samples. As you can see in the pictures it has one of your identification plates.
I no longer need this machine. Can you please tell me what else it can be used for and how much it is worth as I would like to sell it. Also, would you know of anyone looking for one? I am based in Perth, Western Australia.”
0423 623 752
Date posted: February 9, 2016No Comments
We have had a fascinating enquiry from Western Australia about a very old and beautiful BU machine – which is of course still doing what it was made to do. Can you help Diane with more information? email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll forward on. Thanks.
“Hello, I am not sure if I am in the right place, but I am involved with a museum in a very small town in rural Western Australia, and we have a machine that was owned by the local saddlery business, it also made boots. The saddler came to town in about 1910 and bought an existing business, but I have a feeling the machine is a little later. On the handle it has the words ‘The British United Shoe Machinery Coy Ltd Leicester England’ and on another part of the machine has ‘GHM 24’ (see photos below).
This machine is the right height for you to stand up to work, has a handle and a treadle (too old for electricity) and it looks to me that you might use it for put staples in, it has a slide sort of thing that goes sideways. It was seized, but this morning I oiled it and it is working like it has never stopped.
Ideally we would love to get our saddlery machinery operating, and be able to demonstrate what it did and what the saddler used it for. Any information would be greatly appreciated.”
Dowerin District Museum
Date posted: January 31, 20161 Comment