Fleck U. Co were based in Charlottenburg, an area of Berlin, and known for their small high-precision as well as a number of production capstan lathes. A strange cross between a precision plain-turning bench lathe and a general workshop machine, the 3" x 12" (90 x 300 mm) Fleck lathe shown below is very rare in the UK - and would have been constructed circa 1920 to 1935. Of high quality design and execution, with precise detailing, it is was unusual in having screwcutting - but unfortunately not a slow-speed backgear mechanism and the provision of power cross feed (from a shaft geared to the leadscrew and fitted with a dog clutch) - a sophistication rarely found on this class of machine.
With a wide bed - cast integrally with the headstock - carrying pairs of separate V and flat ways for carriage and tailstock the lathe had a saddle with conventional wings at the front but a very much shorter section at the rear. The compound slide had a decently wide cross slide (with sufficient length to guard the feed screw both at the front and rear) yet with a traditional (though very useful) long-travel top slide with exposed ways of a type that might have been expected on a simpler machine.
With relatively slender, flat-topped posts supporting the plain bearings the headstock had the appearance of a machine built one or more decade earlier, though the very fine-pitch changewheels were quite at odds with early practice.
Fleck made a range of similar machines, some having full screwcutting gearboxes, backgear and power cross feed, but others with only basic equipment and a poverty of features.
If any reader has a Fleck lathe the writer would be very interested to hear from you..