Hi all, I'm new here and have just acquired a Webb Witch, that I have some questions about.
I have read through a lot of the forum topics on everyone's Webb witch restorations, however, mine is a little different to what I've seen so far. I believe this one was sold in South Australia, and I have found an advertisement from 1949, with GEO. Bolton & CO., LTD as the dealers. Your responses will help me decide how original the mower is, and if I should refurbish or preserve. Now for my questions....
Make: Would be good to identify which witch this actually is. It's hard to make out any numerals after the "Mark" on the chain cover.
Colour: Did a blue mower exist? I don't belive this is the true colour of the mower because, 1. There are blue paint drips on the cylinder and paint run marks in the hard to paint areas, 2. Green paint exists under the decal on the chain cover.
Handle: The only picture I've seen with the curved handle is in the advertisement I found. Were these an Aussie only thing? Also, there are 4 holes all the way through the lower arms, would these have been for cross bars?
Grass catcher: Im unsure if this was the grass catcher that would have come wall with a push mower. The dealer plate on the catcher says to use Castrol motor oil for best results, could this have been a standard plate they attached to their products, or would this catcher be from a powered machine, or did they just use motor oil for lubricating the moving parts?
Front rollers: The front rollers consist of one wooden roller and two (what appears to be) aluminium rollers (one broken). Would this have be standard, or just an after market addition?
Additional information: The cylinder has 8 blades, the rear roller is split ribbed, and the left side does not have a screw on cover with decal.
Anything else you can see from the photos, I'd love to hear your thoughts.