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Rose Engine from the Shop of A. L. Breguet, Paris, France

Auction:
2502
Lot:
200
Sold for:
$44,438$37,500

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

Description:

Rose Engine from the Shop of A. L. Breguet, Paris, France, probably Paris, early 19th century, fourteen rosettes with twelve designed for side following, 15 1/2 in. brass drive wheel with 400, 300, 240, 192 and 60 divisions, numerous additional division nodes with steel spring-loaded detent, rubber follower mounted at the side of the headstock with wooden handled tension adjustment, 9 1/2 in. dia. headstock with dove-tailed slides and index attachment, bench mounted slide rest with threaded advance, tool bit and engine turned ivory handle, front mounted hand wheel and 25 in. dia. drive wheel to rotate the headstock, all on the original walnut bench, ht. 48, wd. 46, dp. 28 in. (at splayed legs).

Note: This important ornamental turning machine is discussed in depth in Crom #3 pp 272-275. Reportedly, another nearly identical engine is known signed in numerous places by Paris maker, A. Duguet.
Estimate $8,000-10,000

Crom indicates that the slide rest is a probable replacement dating at the end of the 19th century, done by the House of Breguet to modernize the machine. Another opinion offered suggests it is an early 19th century replacement.

Keywords

Paris, France, rubber follower, steel spring-loaded detent, Lathe, Lathes, Wheel