Ernest Lake Jacks

Database For Vintage and Classic Ern Lake Vehicle Jacks

This database is for vintage and classic Ernest Lake vehicle jacks.  Many of the photos and comments have been gleaned from Ebay and other sites.  I would be pleased to add photos and comments from anyone who has information on these jacks.  Contact Me

Please note that this information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but I make no claims about authority on this subject. Use your own discretion when evaluating the accuracy of the information.

Ernest Lake had a business association with Lake & Elliot - hence the name. Somewhere along the line, they parted company and, whatever happened at Braintree (Lake & Elliot home), Arthur Ernest Lake moved, around 1920, and started an association with Harvey Frost in Bishop's Stortford.  While still known (or trading?) as L&E, he was also trading (or known?) as Ern or Ernest.

All Ern Lake jacks are now old.  I would recommend that they are now used only for display purposes.  If one is used for lifting a vehicle, the operator should never put them self underneath the supported area without additional load bearing equipment in place, such as block of wood. Never use bricks for this purpose.

The values are normally taken from auction sites world-wide, but exclude postage.

Request to vendors: Please feel free to use the information from these databases in your adverts. An acknowledgement of the source would be most welcome. However, please do not twist any of the information. Where I say along the lines: 'May be for car X' please make this clear in your advert. An altered statement saying: 'It is for car X' will create false facts and misinformation. If you know for certainty a jack's heritage please contact me so that I can amend the entry. Thank you.

Last updated 15 June 2017.

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Ern Lake 10B

Description

Height closed 10" and extended 16". No other details known other than in photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 6 May 2015

15.00 paid on UK Ebay 10 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake B10

Description

Originally designed as an aftermarket jack for the Model T Ford. Height is 9 1/2", extending to 15 3/4". Photo courtesy of NewMoody.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake D10

Description

An After market jack for Ford trucks of the Model T Ford era. 10" tall, extending to 163/4".  The smaller B10 is shown alongside. Photos courtesy of NewMoody.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

5.50 paid on UK Ebay 9 December 2014

13.03 paid on UK Ebay 26 July 2015

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 29 May 2016

10.50 paid on UK Ebay 6 January 2017

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake - Unknown

Description

Unusual jack, but no details known other than in photos. Third photo shows a different jacking saddle.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

5.55 paid on UK Ebay 4 October 2014

6.50 paid on UK Ebay 27 January 2016

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Single Lift Ratchet

Description

Some variation to the ratchet jacks above, notably the handle. The jack comes in 2 models (G & H) and 2 lifting capacities (25cwt & 30cwt).

G7 - 25cwt, lifting rage 7" to 11 3/4".

G8 - 25cwt, lifting rage 8" to 13 3/4".

G9 - 25cwt, lifting rage 9" to 15 3/4".

H9 - 30cwt, lifting rage 9" to 15 1/4". 

Schematic from R Cadisch & Sons catalogue circa 1930 - kindly supplied by Tore Karlsson.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

Capstan Jacks  
 

 

 

Ern Lake KII

Description

Ern Lake capstan jack cast ERN LAKE KII. Only other details as shown in the photo.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 9 January 2017 - no handle

 

 

Screw Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

Ernest Lake 2ST-2

Description

The jack is the only Ern Lake noted so far with the address Bishops Stortford. Previously Ernest Lake was part of the Lake & Elliot business at Braintree in Essex. The jack is a 2-stage screw. It measures 8.25" closed. The base is 6" x 3.5". Casting details as shown in the 3 photos. Information and photos courtesy of NewMoody.

Applicable Vehicles:

Ford Thames 400E Van

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in last 2 photos.

Year Dates Noted:

Not known

Value:

Average price paid in 2014 = 33.00 - 2 sales

Average price paid in 2015 = 52.00 - 1 sale

11.60 paid on UK Ebay 27 January 2016 - NH

0.99 paid on UK Ebay 29 June 2016 - WH

0.99 paid on UK Ebay 12 November 2016 - NH

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 26 March 2017 - NH

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Type A5

Description

Double screw jack. Cast ERN LAKE on one rib and TYPE A5 1/4 on the other. 6" closed height. No other details known other than shown in the photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

Not known

Value:

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 23 September 2015 - no handle

8.00 paid on UK Ebay 26 September 2015 - no handle

7.50 paid on UK Ebay 21 August 2016 - no handle

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Type A6

Description

Double screw jack. Cast ERN LAKE on one of the ribs and TYPE A6 on the reverse side. No other details known other than shown in the photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

Not known

Value:

5.19 paid on UK Ebay 28 January 2014

2.50 paid on UK Ebay 6 May 2017 - NH

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Type C

Description

Double screw jack. Cast ERN LAKE on one of the ribs and TYPE C on the other side. No other details known other than shown in the photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

Not known

Value:

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 25 August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake - Harvey Frost Type 7

See Harvey Frost Type 7

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake No. 245

Description

The jack is a single screw, measuring 9.25" closed and 11.25" extended. Only casting details as shown in the first photo. Information and photos courtesy of NewMoody. The 4th image is from a Ford WOT2 handbook.

The 5th picture, courtesy of 'Broadbent Yorkshire', shows the correct handle. It measures 15" long x 1" wide and 1/4" thick. As can be seen it appears to double up as a tyre lever.

Applicable Vehicles:

Ford WOT2 truck

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in 5th photo. 15" long x 1" wide x 1/4" thick.

Year Dates Noted:

Not known

Value:

5.50 paid on UK Ebay 12 January 2014

20.00 paid in a private sale 8 January 2015

19.99 paid on UK Ebay 19 July 2015 - no handle

15.00 paid on UK Ebay 10 August 2015 - no handle

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 11 September 2015 - no handle

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake S1

Description

The jack is 8.5" retracted and 17.5 extended. The base measures 6.5" x 4.5". It is cast ERN LAKE down one side with S1 horizontally below. The other side has numbers that are either 16/4, 14/4 or 13/4.

Applicable Vehicles:

Fordson N tractor - 1930s.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in the second photo - courtesy of Brian Latham.

Year Dates Noted:

Not known

Value:

6.50 paid on UK Ebay 8 June 2014

 

 

 

Ernest Lake 1 Ton

Description

This jack is unusual in that it is the only jack to date that I have seen with the complete ERNEST LAKE name cast.  It is a 3-stage screw jack, surprisingly similar in design to the Harvey Frost Crackerjacks (third photo, Ernest Lake is second from the left). It is cast 1 TON ERNEST LAKE LTD EL 1961 9430538 on one side and WD REG DGN No 841257. It is 5" closed. Photos and Information courtesy of NewMoody.

943 0538 are the last digits of the NATO Stock Number (NSN) 5120 99 943 0538, listed in the Complete Equipment Scedule (CES). The actual wording is: "Jack, screw hand 1 triple closed h 5.1/4 in open h 14/2 c/w 30 in lg handle Def Stan 51-3 Table A - 1 Ton". Information courtesy of Mark Cook.

The final 2 pictures are courtesy of Gerald at green Valley Studio in Belgium. These show the jack to be triple screw. Unlike the other jacks this one is cast ERN LAKE LTD and does not have the military casting. It is dated 1983. Extended height is 36cm (14.1").

Applicable Vehicles:

Military Land Rover Series 2A and 3, 88 and 109 1/2 Ton vehicles and 3/4 Ton. Information courtesy of Mark Cook, author of the 'The Half Ton Military Land Rover'.

Jack Handle Type:

Single rod about 3 feet long (checking exact length with owner).

Year Dates Noted:

1961. The UK War Department or War Office became the UK MoD in 1964.

1964

1983

Value:

10.50 paid on UK Ebay 17 March 2015

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 23 April 2017 - NH

40.00 paid on UK Ebay 19 May 2017 - WH

5.00 paid on UK Ebay 28 May 2017 - NH

7.16 paid on UK Ebay 30 May 2017 - NH

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake 4 Ton

Description

Twin screw jack measuring 6.25" closed and 19" extended. The base is 6" diameter. Cast ERN LAKE 4 TON DL on one side and 1968 201-4907 on the other. The additional arrow by the date indicates it was for a military order.

Applicable Vehicles:

Military but not known

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

1968

Value:

11.00 paid on UK Ebay 17 November 2013

12.49 paid on UK Ebay 17 November 2013

0.99 paid on UK Ebay 29 July 2015 - no handles

 

 

Tower Screw Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

Ern Lake Type 92

See Harvey Frost Type 92

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Tower Jack - SIF Casting

Description

The jack is a 4 Ton 6.5" triple screw jack. Casting details shown in 3rd and 4th photos. SIF stands for Suffolk Iron Foundry - makers of the Suffolk lawn mowers. Note also the extension in the 5th photo. This jack would have been produced in wartime by SIF for Ern Lake military contracts.

Applicable Vehicles:

Universal Carrier (Bren Gun) 002, 325, 329, 331, 333and 335.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in 5th photo.

Year Dates Noted:

Not known

Value:

62.99 paid on UK Ebay 13 January 2014

21.00 paid on UK Ebay 7 February 2014

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Tower Jack - Harvey Frost Casting

Description

The jack is identical to the one above except for some casting detail. It is a 4 Ton 6.5" triple screw jack. This version shows that it was cast by Harvey Frost for a military contract during WW2. Note also the extension in the 4th photo. Information and photos courtesy of Ron Pier.

Applicable Vehicles:

Universal Carrier (Bren Gun) 002, 325, 329, 331, 333and 335.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in the 4th photo.

Year Dates Noted:

1939

Value:

Average price paid in 2014 = 35.50 - 5 sales

Average price paid in 2015 = 44.39 - 5 sales

53.50 paid on UK Ebay 15 January 2016 - no handle

7.50 paid on UK Ebay 2 June 2017 - NH

 

 

 

Ern Lake - Britool

Description

This tower jack is 2 ton made by Ern Lake for Britool. It measures 6.5" closed.  The base measures 6" square.  Full casting details shown in the attached photos. Information and first 2 photos courtesy of NewMoody.

Information received from Michael Lavelle indicates that this jack was supplied with  Bedford military vehicles during WW2.

The photos of the black jack show the full extension of the jack and the handles. The plaque is made of brass and the chain may be for an extension piece as was used on the larger 4 ton jack below.

Applicable Vehicles:

Bedford MW 15cwt Truck.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in 4th photo.

Year Dates Noted:

1940, 1942, 1943, 1944

Value:

10.99 paid on UK Ebay 4 October 2014

60.91 paid on UK Ebay 30 December 2014 (for 4 same type jacks)

 

 

Trolley Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

Ern Lake Ford Garage

Description

This workshop jack is cast THE ERN LAKE FORD GARAGE JACK. No other details known.

Applicable Vehicles:

Military but not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

45.00 paid on UK Ebay 29 December 2013

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Morris Garage

Description

This workshop jack is cast THE ERN LAKE MORRIS GARAGE JACK. No other details known.

Applicable Vehicles:

Garage jack

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

25.00 paid on UK Ebay 6 June 2015

4.00 paid on UK Ebay 20 November 2016

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Universal Garage Jack

Description

This workshop jack is cast ERN LAKE UNIVERSAL GARAGE JACK. Patent Nos: 155700 & 160927. No other details known.

Applicable Vehicles:

General purpose jack

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

22.99 paid on UK Ebay 11 March 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Junior Garage Jack - 1

Description

This Junior trolley jack has a plaque cast as follows: THE ERN LAKE JUNIOR GARAGE JACK. Above the casting is 8/1.

Applicable Vehicles:

Garage jack jack

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

11.11 paid on UK Ebay 1 March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Junior Trolley Jack - 2

Description

This beautifully restored Junior trolley jack has a plaque cast as follows: FOR CARS UP TO 2500LBS / ERN LAKE / JUNIOR TROLLEY JACK / ERNEST LAKE LTD / BISHOPS STORTFORD HERTS / PATENTS 5728 AND PENDING. Photos courtesy of Ray Smith.

Applicable Vehicles:

Garage jack

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Ern Lake Medium Trolley Jack

Description

Medium trolley jack. Only details as shown in the photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Garage jack

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 29 April 2016

 

 

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