Year catalogues for Shanks Mowers, Arbroath

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    Just goes to show what can be found in an house clearance from the Highlands of Scotland, under the many knitting patterns, a plethora of 4 Shanks lawn mower catalogues in pristine order
    Date years 1931, 1934, 1937, and 1938


    Looks like some lovely artwork on the two lower ones.


    Shanks must have been a very diverse and very capable buisness. I remember as a youngster going to a local steam engine rally , and the landowner always had his Shanks Hotbulb oil engine on display, it was quite a large engine , so they must have had means of producing very large castings.
    After the rallies finished , I never have seen , or heard of where this VERY rare engine went , hopefully it’s in someones collection.



    Its quiet a strange history about Shanks, geographically speaking, Arbroath had the correct infrastructure, for raw materials and labour plus a sea port. It also has to be mentioned that up to 1890 Scotland had its own patent laws.
    Way back in 1842 Budding was sent by Ferrabee in Stroud to check on infringements of Budding’s lawn mower patent (1830)
    Later years Shanks were known for their heavy oil engines of which there are a few in captivity, they also made a Traction engine and a locomotive, as well as Greenhouses, along with being one of the largest makers of lawn mowers along with Ransomes of Ipswich and Thos Greens of Leeds

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