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Escape Wheel Filing Engine

Auction:
2502
Lot:
93
Sold for:
$1,126$950

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

Description:

Escape Wheel Filing Engine, probably New England, circa 1800, wooden wheel at the far end of the engine carries a brass band around the perimeter with 30 holes for indexing the wooden arbor carrying the escape wheel blank, a mortise and tenon frame with file mounted slides back and forth on steel runners while filing the blank, frames are hinged to allow removal of the work and file, lg. 17 1/2 in.

Note: Crom acquired this engine from the legendary early collector, Fred Selchow of Jerico, Long Island and later, New Hampshire. Selchow left no stone unturned in the discovery of long-forgotten horological history.
Estimate $400-600

Although no wood analysis was conducted, the frame appears to be of butternut, cherry and poplar, all suggesting a New England origin.

Keywords

New England, Fred Selchow, steel runners, Crom, legendary early collector, New Hampshire, Mortise and tenon