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Elson Watchmaker's Lathe
Other Lathes for Watchmakers


Little known, the Elson watchmaker's lathe was made in the United States. Of the very popular WW (Webster Whitcombe) type, introduced around 1889, it would have been a rugged and reliable machine. The centre height of all genuine WW-type lathes was usually 50 mm, though very occasionally 65, 70 mm and other figures are encountered. Of heavy construction, the bed was formed with a 37 mm-wide flat on the top and a 60-degree bevel along each edge, and carried a headstock spindle to accept 8, 10 mm or 12 mm collets (though again, exceptions exist and odd, in-between sizes have also been found).
The lathe shown was offered for sale by the respected machinery dealers Gold International Machinery.
Should any reader have an Elson lathe, the writer would be very interested to hear from you.



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Elson Watchmaker's Lathe
Other Lathes for Watchmakers