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Brass and Steel Wheel Cutting Engine

Auction:
2502
Lot:
100
Sold for:
$8,888$7,500

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Brass and Steel Wheel Cutting Engine, Daniel Sephton, Prescot, England, late 18th century, the freestanding hand-powered tool with brass frame supported on three square tapering legs ending in pointed feet, with 8 1/4 in. brass dividing plate having twenty-four divisions numbered from 44 to 84, a table with additional divisions for any particular circle and signed Danl Sephton/Prescot and embellished with decorative engraving, lg. 13 1/4, ht. 10 1/2 in.,

Note: Wheel-cutting is extensively discussed in Crom #2, pp. 619-667, and in Crom #1, with a section on English engines on pp. 84-97. Daniel Sephton (1733-1786?) and the present engine are discused in Crom #6, pp 125-132.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Keywords

Daniel Sephton, Prescot, United Kingdom, Crom