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Unknown Micrometer make

1/2 inch micrometer

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Neil Lickfold04/05/2021 04:29:52
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I have an old unknown brand of 0 to 1/2 inch micrometer in 1 thou steps, 25 thou per revolution . Does anyone know what country it may have been made in, and what approximate years these were made? It does have an adjustable thread band, and the nut is split into 3. It also has a constant pressure ratchet on it as well.

Thanks in advance for any information about it.






not done it yet04/05/2021 06:22:02
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If it weighs best part of a kg and needs a pair of stilsons to operate the ratchet, it could well be eastern european?

Speedy Builder504/05/2021 06:36:00
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Could be an apprentice toolmaker exercise ? This is an adjustable 0 - 6" in 1/2" steps that I "inherited".


Edited By Speedy Builder5 on 04/05/2021 06:42:36

Lee Rogers04/05/2021 07:30:10
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Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 04/05/2021 06:36:00:

Could be an apprentice toolmaker exercise ?

40 tpi thread . Not too difficult to do , it would be my choice if I had to make a mic.

Chris Evans 604/05/2021 09:00:00
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0 to 1/2" micrometers are still available, I have two. One Moore and Wright and a more recent one 0 to 0.600" of unknown make. They where very useful in my die milling days where access was needed and a 0 to 1 " was to big.

Clive Foster04/05/2021 10:52:09
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Probably made between the wars by a no name assembler supplying commodity instruments to tool distributors or direct to factory. Basically buyers would choose a standard frame, choose the micrometer head from a list and order a large quantity. Micrometer heads would have been bought in by the assembler. That one is unusual in having a proper adjustable nut and setting ratchet. The general run seem to have been rather cruder sans ratchet and having rather poorer markings. I have a metric 12 mm one that is pretty typical of the lower end of the breed.

1s side view.jpeg

Ordinary metric thread form cut direct in the body, fixed scale, screw adjuster on the reference anvil to set zero position and rather crude brass thimble fixed to the screw. Appears to be little used and surprisingly accurate. Good enough to use for real on anything that isn't precision job.

Yours won't be a proper, recognised micrometer make as that style of frame would be very old fashioned. Pretty much abandoned by the turn of the century when "proper" measurement tooling makers went over to more sophisticated forged bows and the like.


Chris Gunn04/05/2021 11:08:33
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Neil, I have a mike with a rectangular frame which is an "Elliot" make, but the barrel is different. dsc03646.jpg

old mart04/05/2021 17:26:29
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It looks like a shop made mic to me. I have a beautiful 0-1/2" in tenths Mitotoyo mic, satin chrome and carbide anvils, I bought it as a novelty, but it does come in handy in tight spaces.

Neil Lickfold05/05/2021 06:48:27
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Posted by Chris Gunn on 04/05/2021 11:08:33:

Neil, I have a mike with a rectangular frame which is an "Elliot" make, but the barrel is different. dsc03646.jpg

What year was this one made? Looks kinda similar in the frame.

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