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Steven Mutch has sent this picture and needs help identifying this rear axle


Dear Sir Madam

I have attached pics of a rear axle that I have had knocking around for a while. I have looked on the internet and vintage books including Graham Robson’s book on Standard Motor Co but I'm struggling to find out what it was originally fitted to but it may be from a 1920s Standard ?

As you will see from the photo's it has a top mounted worm drive diff, top mounted leaf spring brackets, cute rear mounted oil filler with swing lid, 9 inch brake drums with 2 sets of shoes each side and the cam levers mounted at the front. It also has 5 wheel studs and would have had artillery wheels fitted but they are badly corroded. There is very little in the way of identification as the screw on hub/bearing caps are missing. The worm gear has a "DBS" in a circle mark which I think is the patent stamp of David Brown & Son that would have made the diff, but who would they have made it for ? The only other name I have found is one on the brass diff drain plug that is stamped with "Showells Strichley". A West Midlands company that made all things brass until mid 1900,s but I cannot find a link to a vehicle maker.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

 Regards

 Steven Mutch