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Brass Watchmaker's Lathe

Auction:
2502
Lot:
61
Sold for:
$415$350

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

Description:

Brass Watchmaker's Lathe, Switzerland, 19th century, the bench-mounted tool with two wooden pulleys, a bronze pulley, brass faceplate with three jaws, dovetail slide, and gnurled thumbscrews throughout, unmounted, lg. 14, wd. 11 1/2, ht. 5 1/2 in.

Note: Crom #2 notes, under figure 1017B on p. 515, that E.B. Porter, a Penn Yan, New York, watchmaker, adapted this rather typical lathe into a pulley drive, probably sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century (he died in 1920). Some of his make-do adaptations include using a partially marked dividing plate as a flywheel.
Estimate $250-350

Keywords

Penn Yan, watchmaker, Brass instrument, Lathes, Pulley