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F.Lorch, Lorch Schmidt, L.S. & Co.
Precision Plain Lathe circa 1920s/1930s
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Discovered in the Netherlands, this plain-turning but backgeared Lorch Schmidt lathe displays all the characteristics of a machine constructed in the early 1900s - yet with a modern-looking speed chart riveted to the bed that places its date of production in the 1920s or 1930s. The ornate, Victorian-style legs are almost identical to those used Lorch lathes of the late 1800s, but possibly of heavier section and with an additional cross bar towards the top. The compound slide rest micrometer dials - with their narrow knurled rim and two-diameter construction - are similar to those on the maker's backgeared and screwcutting model of the period 1910--1920.

The modern-looking aluminium speed chart with its clean fonts points to a production date in the 1920s or 1930s