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Ten Brass or Whalebone Watchmaker's Drill Bows

Auction:
2502
Lot:
333
Sold for:
$119$100

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

Description:

Ten Brass or Whalebone Watchmaker's Drill Bows, likely 19th century, seven whalebone examples and three of brass, together with a glass canister with horsehairs to string the bows, lg. 10-20 1/2 in.

Note: Crom #2, p. 306, figure 592 shows an example of a whalebone drill bow for sale in an 1886 catalogue. The bow is used to power watchmaker's turns and lathes.
Estimate $150-200

Keywords

power watchmaker, Baleen, Bow, Drill, Drilling and threading, Lathe, Luthiers, Metalworking hand tools