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Would anyone be able to identify this box and what it use was for, on the base in the corners it has what seems to be pockets for legs to fitted, which I do not have.

 

You can see what it says on the front so sort of obvious, but tell me more.

 

 

 

 

 

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It is an Armourers Field Workbench. (Toolbox, Armourers,Field) I have a complete one & use it regularly with my Armourers display. The legs are alliuminum with flat 'Feet' sections welded on the ends. :-)

 

There SHOULD aso be a lid with a brown leather Tab, on each of the compartments.

There is also Two holes in the front for mounting a cast iron baseplate for a vice that is carried inside.

The plate bolts on the front & then the vice is mounted. This then ensures the whole ensemble is a work bench with all your tools handy for use.

The vice & mounting plate are Particular to this box assembly & very specialist.

 

I have such a spare Vice & mounting plate available......;)

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I suppose this is British Army use ? Was it just a general workbench or was it specific to certain weapons ?

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Very nice, I'd say its for small arms, Bren/LMG, STEN/Sterling, Lee Enfield/SLR and the Enfield revolver/Browning. Can we see your complete one ferret fixer?

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I suppose this is British Army use ? Was it just a general workbench or was it specific to certain weapons ?

 

Yes British Army issue. Not for certain weapons, issued for use for Armourers to use on ALL Smallarms & any job required in the field. :-)

 

They originate between the Wars, but were issued right into the Ninties. No new ones were made postwar, the originals just got issued out when indented for to units that required them on charge. Issue stock came from chests returned to stores from units that disbanded, or that no longer needed them on Charge. SOME TA units have the odd one or two here & there. But I dont believe they are general issue anymore to the UK Forces.

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Very nice, I'd say its for small arms, Bren/LMG, STEN/Sterling, Lee Enfield/SLR and the Enfield revolver/Browning. Can we see your complete one ferret fixer?

 

 

Of course Chris, come & see me at work at W&P! :D

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it just so happens i will be there! I'll be around to see you fix somthing.

 

You will be more than wellcome. Bring anything you need fixed!....:-D

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This box contained the Armourers Supplementary Tool Kit, the models I used to have had steel legs and when inserted into the base of the box, they were retained by pins throught the corners to stop the legs falling out when lifted or moved. As stated previously all the compartments with exception of the sectioned tray had lids with leather lifting tags and the long section at the rear of the box was for cleaning rods. The vice plate was fitted at the front of the box and retained by two bolts the through the front into the base and two screws through the rear top of the plate and screwed into the dividing section. I currently have a vice, three base plates, copper clams and leather line clams on ebay, worth a look if only to see the vice. (Go to Ebay>Collectables>Militaria)

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The Legs are also Galvanised & Painted to prevent them rusting. Feet end of the legs have Reqtangular Plates welded on the ends to prevent sinking into soft ground.

 

The long compartment at the rear internaly, ALSO housed the legs when not fitted to the chest.

 

If you wish to have a close look at any of the items fitted to this chest. Come & visit me at W&P. :)

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Hi FF, I have just joined the forum and also have a armourers field tool box. It is an Australian version, missing alot of the tools and the legs. Is there any chance that you could take a couple of pictures and rough measurements of the legs so as i can copy them for mine.

 

I am also still looking for a few of the tools to make it complete.

 

any help would be appreciated.

 

cheers

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

The Legs are also Galvanised & Painted to prevent them rusting. Feet end of the legs have Reqtangular Plates welded on the ends to prevent sinking into soft ground.

 

The long compartment at the rear internaly, ALSO housed the legs when not fitted to the chest.

 

If you wish to have a close look at any of the items fitted to this chest. Come & visit me at W&P. :)

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In my service time 70s - 80s as a VMB* what we coveted most was the armourers green canvas bag that they used for small arms repairs on the ranges, took me 9 years to legally get one from the SSGT Armourer, they made an ideal quick breakdown bag, still using mine today.

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Hi FF, I have just joined the forum and also have a armourers field tool box. It is an Australian version, missing alot of the tools and the legs. Is there any chance that you could take a couple of pictures and rough measurements of the legs so as i can copy them for mine.

 

I am also still looking for a few of the tools to make it complete.

 

any help would be appreciated.

 

cheers

 

Steve

 

Steve, PM Sent Buddy. :thumbsup:

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In my service time 70s - 80s as a VMB* what we coveted most was the armourers green canvas bag that they used for small arms repairs on the ranges, took me 9 years to legally get one from the SSGT Armourer, they made an ideal quick breakdown bag, still using mine today.

 

 

Would that hat be the heavy canvas green bag with a zip down the middle and 6 little feet riveted to the bottom?

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Would that hat be the heavy canvas green bag with a zip down the middle and 6 little feet riveted to the bottom?

 

Yes Chris, that's the one.

 

There is also a slightly longer & thinner Bag about that was on issue. With the addition of Two 1" wide closure straps & brass buckles from 39 Patt webbing. Also in green.

 

These were VEHICLE Tool kit bags. That were issue with the vehicles C.E.S Hand tools. NOT used by Armourers though. :angel:

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I didn't think armourers came out of their workshops in daylight.

 

Arte et Marte

 

 

Well TBH, MOST of the time, We are stuck in the W/Shop. Repairing things you have Broken!......:D

 

Or as I personally term it for the 'Service's' we Provide: 'You Bend It, I mend it'!......:angel:

 

That's in between us making 'Punisher' shell cased Bar gong's/Bells, Bayonet wall plaque's Jerrycan Fold away Mini Bars.

60mm Table Lamps, Etc, Etc, Etc......

 

And anything else you lot request us to make for you!.....:-X So that is why we are seldom seen outside.

Due to 'Workload Commitments'................:laugh:

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