Royal Enfield mower date

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Royal Enfield mower date

Hi folks,

I recently purchased a Royal Enfield from a fellow member of my local classic vehicle club. The chap I bought it from estimates it's date of manufacture around 1938 having seen a similar machine in a museum.

Can anyone advise how to date one of these mowers or tell me it's age? Cannot find a number on the machine itself but the engine number is 14W 784 - I think it is a Villiers engine. Has a brass carburettor I think.

My understanding is that pre-war Royal Enfields were gear driven and had Villiers engines?

Am delighted with the mower as I have been wanting a Royal Enfield for some time. Recently added some transfers bought from the club and it is looking good :-) Engine has a spark but am waiting for some good weather before starting it!

Thanks

Alec

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That's a lovely looking

That's a lovely looking example. I am sure someone on here will inform you about its age etc soon.

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A nice example, as with most

A nice example, as with most mowers it is quite difficult to date exactly as many do not bear serial numbers. I wonder if it was mine seen in the museum?

From my understanding they were introduced in 1932, just the 14in, with the 12in & 20in following in 1933, they were still being advertised in 1940 in sizes of 12,14,16 & 20.

It might be possible to date the Villiers engine, but this may not be the original or could have been on the shelf, so again it will not be an accurate date of the mower.

I am assuming yours is 14in?

This is the front of a 1933 brochure which folds out in to a rather nice poster with the 12in, 14in & 20in

 

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Thanks for sharing the

Thanks for sharing the information and brochure cover Clive, that is a work of art! Much appreciated.

Not sure of the size of my mower, if it is 14 or 16in - I will measure the width of the cutting cylinder and confirm.

The previous owner saw the machine from the British Lawnmower Museum in Southport which is listed as 1938.

 

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Just measured the cutting

Just measured the cutting cylinder and it is a 14in.

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Hello Alec

Hello Alec

A bit more info on the date, I have established the following re your mower  W 764 with grass box, tool kit & K S Crank was dispatched on 17th October 1947 to J & M Dixon Ltd, Guildhall Buildings, Birmingham.

Hope that's of interest.

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Hi Clive, that is fantastic

Hi Clive, that is fantastic information thank you, much appreciated!

I take my hat off to you for discovering not just the date but the original dealer too!

Fascinating that it is post-war but I guess like car manufacturers, mower makers would have continued with pre-war designs after the end of hostilities. 

Thank you again for taking the time to research this, I am most grateful. Cheers, Alec