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Holtzapffel Ornamental Turning Lathe
Holtzapffel Lathe Chucks
Most famous and prolific of the ornamental-turning lathe makers, Holtzapffel manufactured a range of machines from the simple to the complex producing, between 1795 and 1928 some 2,557 recorded examples. The example shown below is one of their more basic models, an example rescued from poor condition with a wooden stand that had rotted away to the extent that it was only just suitable as a pattern for a replacement to be made..
Engraved on the headstock of this model - a lathe with the Serial number 1216 and known to have been supplied new to Thos. Drane on 30th of July, 1821 - is: Holtzapffwl & Deyerlein 64 Charing Cross, London. - the retail outlet of the Company from 1821 until 1901. Fortunately a number of original or contemporary accessories had survived including the flywheel treadle assembly, a compound slide rest, geometric chuck and a range of smaller items, all shown below. Should any reader have a Holtzapffel lathe they would like to see featured (anonymously) in the Archive the writer would be interested to hear from you.
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