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American Wheel Cutting Engine

Auction:
2502
Lot:
90
Sold for:
$16,590$14,000

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

Description:

American Wheel Cutting Engine, probably Connecticut, c 1780, the neatly dovetailed chestnut and cherry frame with 15 1/2-in. dia. two-part brass index plate with numerous divisions including 30, 48, 56, 60, 62, 64, 72, 78, 80, 84, 96, 98 and 118 and inner rings with 6, 7, 8 and 10, adjustable cutter frame with wooden handled crank and cutter arbor, ht. 14, lg. 23 in.

Note: This tool is discussed and illustrated in Crom #2, pp.664. Connecticut clock makers Daniel Burnap and John Avery used nearly identical machines, see: Penrose Hoopes, Shop Records of Daniel Burnap Clockmaker, pp 148-149 and Philip Zea and Robert C. Cheney, Clock Making in New England 1725-1825, plate 12, pp 85 for the John Avery machine in the J. Cheney Wells collection at Old Sturbridge Village.
Estimate $2,500-4,500

A flat spring has been added to "cushion" the cutter frame against the work.

Keywords

Connecticut, Daniel Burnap, John Avery, Clockmaker, Philip Zea, Robert C. Cheney, New England, Clock, Horology, Old Sturbridge Village