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I think you have perhaps placed too much reliance on just using the 1901 Census. Using a different approach I believe that I have come up with a different John Henry born somewhat earlier and living at what I believe is the true home of JHB.
This also ties in with the somewhat incomplete records that the Society holds. I think it would be useful to you and us if you shared all the information you have with our record keeper and researcher, Mary Rix. Her link address is on the "About Us" page shown in the header above. I will prime Mary with my thoughts.
Even as the owner of the lathe I am sure you would be quite welcome to join our Society. It only costs £4pa. Or were you hoping that we would buy the lathe?
Keep in touch as we would like to expand what we have of JHB's family tree. Well I would, as he lived in my home town!
Thank you for your reply, and your interest in the lathe. Photographs of the lathe have been examined by a local lathe historian and the lathe dated between 1870 and 1900. Details, and photographs, of the lathe can be found at http://www.lathes.co.uk/bunting/
So, the John Henry Bunting I found in the 1901 census is not the maker of this lathe.
With regard to selling the lathe, I do not consider it mine to sell. I am merely the current custodian of a machine that has already survived longer than I will. I will preserve the lathe as best I can until a more suitable custodian can be found.
Kind regards, Brian