Yet another mystery tool

I was given this tool some years ago by a machinist specialising in gears and splines that didn't know what it was. I thought it might be of some use on a mill but haven't used it yet.
The tool was manufactured by the Monarch Tool Company Ltd, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield, UK. Internet searchs found no reference to the company. The tailstock is spring loaded and when the headstock spindle is rotated anti-clockwise as you look from the tailstock moves towards the tailstock. It sit on a graduated swivelling base.
http://metalworking.com/DropBox/monarchmysterytool.txt
http://metalworking.com/DropBox/monarchmysterytool.jpg
Any thoughts as to what its purpose is would be appreciated.
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It is the prototype for this:
http://www.metalworking.com/DropBox/cat.jpg
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Due to the weight and complexity I think not but you might be on the right lines. It may be for bench mounting the cat for when you want to wash and manicure it. The swivelling base should allow you to stay put and just rotate the cat.
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Tom Gardner wrote:

I think I need one with a hex headed screw instead of the wimpy handle, then I could use a breaker bar and pipe.. or maybe an impact wrench.
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clearly wrote:

Whassamatta? You got a tight-assed cat?
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Larry Jaques wrote:

Um.. well, I can't comment on his ass, but he sure is a little bastard. He did catch a mouse in the house yesterday, so I guess I'll not use the impact for now..
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Tom Gardner wrote:

ROFLMAO Aye Marc
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David Billington wrote:

Well, other humorous replies aside, it looks a lot like a miniature cylindrical grinder that can be attached to a mill table, or possibly in place of a lathe compound. The "headstock" looks like it might have an indexing gearbox. Does it have changeable gears in the box? If so, and it moves in two axes at once (rotation plus axial travel) then it sure sounds like it is for cutting helical gears.
As for Monarch, this was a celebrated maker of lathes and other machine tools. The Ltd may refer to a British branch, as I think Monarch was a US brand. The logo appears the same as the machine tool logo.
Jon
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My guess is this is a spring winding lathe. The lack of ways and a cross slide suggest this was never meant to do anything but turn. Also the head stock seems to be a gear reduction box, and the bearings look like they are lubricated with grease via zirks.
I am curious what you mean by:

anti-clockwise as

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What can't be seen in the picture is a pin protruding from the front face of the headstock so the maximum rotation is about 350 degrees. Currently it restricted to about 60 due to an internal component catching. I have taken the side plates off and the knob on top is attached to a ring which is around the main spindle but not attached to it. On the spindle is an arm holding a track roller bearing which is spring loaded to run against the ring. This would control how much forward movement is given when the spindle is rotated. When I have disassembled it further I shall post some more detailed pics.
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This man should be able to tell you. George Bower, California http://ichuddersfield.icnetwork.co.uk/expats/usa/page.cfm?objectid 248868&method=full&siteidP060&headline=George%20Bower%2C%20California
Why? He worked for the company in Kirkheaton.
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Unfortunately the page about Mr Bower appears for about 1 second on my browser and is then refreshed to display a short set of links to other subjects. The other site pages generally seem to do the same thing. I'll see if I can view on another system.
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Thanks i'll email him.
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The mail was returned, user unknown. Will have to hope someone else appears that knows.
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David Billington wrote:

Looks munged. budandjean ?
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