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Offline rustyric

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Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« on: February 14, 2020, 02:53:40 PM »
I have found many B.S.A. Spanners here in the UK, however not one like this, normally they come from motorcycle tool kits.

This one is different as its says BSA Tools 1944 and has the W.D. broad arrow mark. Do you think it maybe gun related ?




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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2020, 06:15:29 PM »
Sure could be. BSA stands for Birmingham Small Arms.
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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2020, 08:36:07 PM »
cool wrench, another for my "I gotta get me one of those" list. But what kind of "small arms" needs  a 3/8ths and a 7/16ths wrench?
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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2020, 08:57:06 PM »
But what kind of "small arms" needs  a 3/8ths and a 7/16ths wrench?
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Especially in a metric country...or had they switched over yet at that time?

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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2020, 01:32:23 AM »
Definately not switched over, this happened in the late 60's - I was taught both standards at school. (and still mix both today and use whatever is closest when making or measuring something).

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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2020, 07:07:44 AM »
Grace's Guide is the place to go to learn about Brit companies.  This is what B.S.A. Tools Limited was doing in 1939 - making small machinery for automotive/aircraft industries.  I would say you have a wrench that was supplied as part of a tool kit for one of these machines.

"B.S.A. Tools Ltd., Sparkbrook, Birmingham. The specialities of this firm are single-spindle automatic screw machines in five sizes with every refinement in design for quick production.
They also offer B.S.A. Acme-Gridley multiple-spindle bar machines, single-spindle automatic chucking machines, multi-tool production lathes and the like. Centreless grinding machines and external lapping and honing machines of very fine quality are also made. The range of all tools includes milling cutters, taps and dies, twist drills, reamers, hollow mills, counterbores, etc. " 
https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/BSA:_Tools
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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 01:09:20 PM »
So as I suspected car or guns !

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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 02:15:53 PM »
BSA made cars in 1934/5 and a few more years.
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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2020, 03:12:35 PM »
BSA made some great motorcycles also .
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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2020, 03:19:35 PM »
my 1934 500cc thumper
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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2020, 03:27:10 PM »
Nice ride!!!!! Regards, Lou
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Re: Ex WD B.S.A. Spanner can anyone tell me its use ?
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2020, 05:04:17 PM »
Oooohhhh, sweet!