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Adjustable Spanner - History, origins and development to 1970

By Ron Geesin

ISBN: 9781785000355
PUBLISHED: 11/03/2016
PAGES: 208
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 260x215 mm
INSIDE: 300 colour photographs

The Adjustable Spanner is the product of thirty years' collecting and original research, fired by Ron Geesin's acquisition of the SLIK adjustable spanner that hung in his father's garage. At the core of this book is a concise history of this much-maligned tool. Serious and comical observations parallel its chequered life, from its bent beginnings in the blacksmith's shop to over-designed and lovingly engineered treasures from the small Birmingham machinist. Around this core are discussions about components and construction on the practical side, and patents, registered designs and trade marks on the design protection side.

Emerging from history, we take a closer look at uses and especially abuses, immerse ourselves in an analysis of types and styles, and dive deeply into the histories of the inventors and makers. You will be amazed at the engineering diversity required to produce these most fanciful but essential supports to the Industrial Revolution.

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" Ron Geesin's life has been a sequence of ceaseless curiosity and inquisition. The Adjustable Spanner is but one manifestation of that. Having set out to cover such an unusual subject, he has produced a volume of thoroughly in-depth, valuable and totally original research. It is highly recommended to anyone of a mechanical bent. "
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Reviewed By: The Automobile

" The book is beautifully produced with an orderly and easily readable layout. "
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Reviewed By: Tools and Trades History Society

" A work of genius for tool fetishists. "
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Reviewed By: Bike Magazine

" The Adjustable Spanner is superbly written, pleasantly set out and well presented. I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who has the slightest interest in collecting old hand tools, or in the history of early English manufacturers. "
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Reviewed By: The Tool Chest

" Some 'above and beyond the call of duty' research has been put into this book. "
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Reviewed By: Track Kit Custom Magazine

" I have been lucky enough to have seen this book develop over the last few years. It is an absolute must for any one interested in things mechanical. Very well illustrated and researched in great detail, It is astonishing how many different adjustable spanners were made and patented and collected by Ron. "
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Posted By: Colin Sullivan.

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