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Brass and Steel Jewelling Lathe

Auction:
2502
Lot:
68
Sold for:
$356$300

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

Description:

Brass and Steel Jewelling Lathe, Switzerland, late 19th century, the brass-framed tool with wooden pulley, with flattened thumbscrew-fastened hinged clamp holding the main arbor, mounted on modern wood platform base along with a hinged box of accessories including faceplates and arbors, ht. 8 1/2, lathe lg. 10 3/4, platform 11 x 11 3/4 in.

Note: This type of lathe, widely available in the late 19th century, and relatively versatile, was shown in several period trade catalogues, shown in Crom #2 as figures 457, 517, and 676. However, with the invention of the American-style lathe, which held tools with chucks, this type of lathe became largely obsolete and was no longer on the market by 1900 (Crom #2, pp. 513-517).
Estimate $200-400

Keywords

Chuck, Lathes, Mandrel