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Kafister28 09-09-2018 06:29 PM

Thanks for replying to me.
That gives me some insight what I have
Wondering if I should try to find its partner or list for sale as is:confused:

Dbahnson 09-09-2018 06:35 PM

You might spend a lifetime searching for its matching blade and would likely still come up empty. Besides, chances are high that the two blades had significantly different storage in the past 90+ years and as a result their display value would be significantly reduced.

I would just list it for sale.

Littlewood 09-14-2018 11:17 AM

Hi Bob,

We are trying to research the history behind a wooden propeller which is in our family’s ownership and which we believe dates back to WWI.

The propeller is manufactured by Lucraft & Westcott with the only other markings being “No. 101”, “50 HP” and “A23”. The propeller is 94’’ inches in length with 8 holes in the centre boss. The wood is laminated, not carved from a single piece of timber. We believe it may be made from mahogany.

We would like to find out more about it particular what sort of plane it may have been from

Any information you can provide would be gratefully received.


Andy Cook

Bob Gardner 09-14-2018 03:01 PM


Many thanks for this data.

Lucraft & Westcott were furniture makers who began to make propellers in June 1915 when they asked their bank, the Capital & Counties Bank, for a £350 overdraft to carry out the first contract for 100 propellers for the Government.

I have recorded five of their props, now six with yours. One of these carries the serial number 15 which is likely to be the earliest in existence.

Ah! My supper is ready; more will follow tomorrow.
With kind regards,


Bob Gardner 09-15-2018 08:04 AM


To continue;

Your data might be incomplete.

The drawing number A23 relates to WW1 Vickers aircraft. I have recorded one prop, besides yours, which was for a 110hp Clerget engine on the Vickers FB19 Mk 2, which was a rare fighter aircraft from 1916. Few were made. It had a prop of 6ft 6ins diameter whereas yours is 7ft 10ins.

So your prop comes from something entirely different.

One possibility is from an early biplane from 1913 which used 50hp engines. These were still in use as training machines in 1915.

A second possibility is that the data on your prop is only partially readable.

L & W made many props for naval aircraft. One drawing number was AD543 for a 90hp Curtiss OX2 aircraft. After decades of squinting at almost unreadable data on WW1 props I can see that AD23 could be constructed from the drg no. AD543. And 50hp might be read from the 90hp Curtiss OX2 engine.

Please advise if you come up with any new information.

With kind regards,


Gladiator 01-08-2019 06:41 PM

the database of propeller is not working in my laptop

Dbahnson 01-08-2019 06:58 PM

It hasn't been completed yet. It's a huge task.

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