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Four Adjustable Drilling Bows

Auction:
2502
Lot:
334
Sold for:
$711$600

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

Description:

Four Adjustable Drilling Bows, England, 18th/19th century, with turned wood handles, brass mounts, and ratchets to adjust tension; together with four watchmaker's bows, three of whalebone; overall lg. 9 1/2-22 in.

Note: For discussions of drilling bows see Crom #2 pp. 384-385 and Crom #3 pp. 306-307; for an example from a period catalogue of a whalebone watchmaker's bow see Crom #2, p. 306, figure 592.
Estimate $200-400

Two of the whalebone watchmaker's bows are incomplete.

Keywords

United Kingdom, watchmaker, whalebone watchmaker, Bow, Crom