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Iron, Steel, and Brass Wheel Cutting Engine

Auction:
2502
Lot:
92
Sold for:
$1,896$1,600

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

Description:

Iron, Steel, and Brass Wheel Cutting Engine, America, early 19th century, the iron-framed crank-driven engine mounted to a wood base, 11 1/2 in. punched brass dividing plate with nine divisions, straight steel indexing arm, wood handles, wood base 11 3/4 x 22 1/2, wd. with handle 18 in.

Note: Crom #2 pictures this tool as figure 1293, and discusses it there, reporting that it was found in a Connecticut attic. It is interesting to note a similar machine used by the Dominy clock makers in East Hampton, New York. See: Charles F. Hummel, With Hammer in Hand, pp 169.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Lacking the work holder arbor, attachment board with unexplained saw cuts in a 4 in. section.

Keywords

straight steel indexing arm, Connecticut, East Hampton, Charles F. Hummel, Brass instrument