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This old garden roller is a cast iron two drum type with an internal counter weight that ensures the handle comes to rest at a nice height. The cast iron disc incorporated in the handle is around 6 '' diameter and cast into it is:
J F SWINDON LEIGH ESSEX
Does anyone know anything about that name...........were they local a 'garden supplies' firm, foundry or some other engineering set up?
The age of the roller could be anytime from late 1800s to 1940s and is likely to have been made somewhere else with Swindon possibly being a local ironmongers. i.e. local firms 'badged' these rollers.
The owner bought it about 35 years ago in Torquay in a junk shop. Now retired he intends to renovate it with new wooden handles ...etc...
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