Just purchased this Qualcast Model 'E' for £10!!
From what I've read it's a rather early one? Judging by the Blue/Red colour scheme.
It's actually in really good condition, and looks to have been maintained until quite recently (blades are fairly sharp still). I find it really cool that it has the retailers plaque on the handle - James Gray & Son, Edinburgh. which is where I am!) 'Gray's' was very well-known in Edinburgh, and was still going until about 10-15 years ago.
I have a couple of questions if anyone can point me in the right direction:
Did it ever have a throw plate? I know grass boxes were an additional extra at the time. Maybe this never had a grassbox therefore no need to direct the grass?
I'm going to attempt to repair the handle with a Scarf joint (never done it before). Any tips on what kind of wood this may be? The wide grain feels like Oak/Ash sort of thing.
If anyone has any photos of a model E, especially with throw plate, it would be great to see.