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Rivett Model 2C Watchmaker's Lathe

For Sale: Rivett 2C watchmaker's lathe mounted on its original and superb roll-top workbench by the J.H.Rosberg Mfg. Co. of Chicago and complete with the maker's countershaft unit. Fully restored and in superb condition, this high-class lathe is equipped with an extraordinary range of accessories including|: 80 original Rivett "wire" collets, three different length drawbars, Burnerd precision ring-scroll 3-jaw chuck with reversible face jaws, miniature 4-jaw Independent watchmakers chuck, Rivett Quill dividing plate and all 12 attachments (22,26,34,48,50,54,56,60,64,72,80 and 84 divisions ) and 4 homemade plates (46,51,68 and 78 divisions), Rivett vertical milling attachment ("revolving" tailstock), Rivett compound slide (the more expensive compound type, not the cheaper Rivett "special"), Rivett screw-feed tailstock, one-off Rivett sliding dovetail wheel-cutting attachment, five shrink-fit collets, numbers 1-5 Rivett step collets. Rivett die holder, Lorch Schmidt Universal head, assortment of 12 Rivett collets some include screw type collets for mounting gear cutters, etc., assortment of hand-filing rest cutters, Rivett centres, counter-bore cutters, demurring tools. etc., pivot drills, box of gear cutters, extra pulleys, a set of staking tools by "Star", two tool rests and other watchmaking tools. According to the leading Rivett expert, this is the most complete set of Rivett watchmakers' equipment ever discovered and includes a special, one-off, factory-made "swivelling" dividing  attachment. Although unused for many decades, the lathe had survived in fine mechanical order and with everything correctly housed in the stand. One must conclude that the lathe, its accessories and stand were imported as a complete and very expensive package circa 1905 to 1910 and installed in either a watch-making factory, a high-end jewellers in London or Birmingham - or possible a Government research centre. Six batches of the Model C were made, in lots of one-hundred, the lathe shown having a serial number that places it amongst the last made in batch No. 5 at some point between 1905 and 1907.
World-wide export possible at cost. Series offers considered. Please email Oliver on: O.slocombe@hotmail.com
Additional pictures of the lathe can be seen here, its pre-restoration state here and details of Rivett watchmakers' lathes found here

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