Nice vice. --- good that it actually has the Handy name cast in - after looking at many ebay posts (no I didn't buy them all) and seeing a few with a decal/sticker still on, and sometimes with a cast-in size number or just a Reg Design No one sees that an awful lot of Handys were made (earlier ones with a two-casting static section bolted together), only a small proportion have the word Handy cast in and none (I think) say Parkinson, although they're in Parky's catalogues.
I've said this before - but I don't know why this is -- they cast their name into every Perfect (ie quick release) vise/vice. (I have seen a picture of one early one without, but it might have been filed/ground off).
I today found what I believe may be a very early Parkinson Handy - local flea market £5 - damaged, small, but has an interesting feature - will post a pic when I've checked it out more.
Hello, yes it is odd they don't cast the Parkinson name in. I'm wondering about timelines as looking at old B&H catalogues & Parkinson catalogues (Nigel kindly provided links previously) it looks like reg'd design type is maybe later. There's one like mine in a 1913 B&H catalogue so it may be quite old. I'm shocked at how weighty it is, really solid little devil, lovely casting.
I assume the green paint is original it's certainly old no matter what.
Really looking forward to seeing the pic's of yours dannyr, please do post them.
Here's a Buck & Hickman catalogue page to see some vice sizes - I do realise that if attached as a .25M file it won't have the definition to be clear. I'll see if I can size as a file that will be both sendable and readable.
The other image is a very early Handy 00 Swivel --- it doesn't have the Handy or Parkinson name cast in but I'll explain why I think it is such in a separate post here or on the migweld vice thread. But I'll certainly pay attention if someone else knows otherwise.
An interesting vice for £5 on last week's local market
Oh wow i'm liking that swivel vice a lot, & an absolute steal at £5.00 !
Any chance of any more pics, how does the mechanism work etc?
Cool Buck & Hickman catalogue, that stuff is great, thanks for posting. Incredible to think how diverse the range of vices was & how many manufacturers.