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F.Lorch, Lorch Schmidt, L.S. & Co.
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Another Lorch Geneva-pattern 3-lathe set in the maker's fitted case. Again, three headstocks were provided: a standard unit, a type able to be swivelled (with an overhung pulley) and one with a permanently-fitted faceplate with clamps. The three types are shown below carried on the bench mount.

Swivel headstock with over-hung drive pulley. An overhung pulley might be considered a bold move and it was not until after-WW2 that it was taken up by a number of makers including Pultra and IME in the UK. The arrangement, allowed for a much simpler, cheaper - and yet just as effective construction



A rare Lorch WW-type watchmaker's lathe as a boxed set. Compared with the Geneva-pattern machines these originally very expensive lathes are in short supply.

Lorch Schmidt Type WW lathe from 1910. Based on the heavier-pattern watchmakers' lathes invented in America this model, the "Kosmo",  had a 50 mm centre height and could be specified with 300, 400 or 500 mm between centres. Intended for production use, the 8 mm collets were closed by a quick-action, spring-loaded  lever. Price: 50ff

A Lorch Type LL1 (circa 1905) fitted with screwcutting and a screw-feed compound slide rest this was of heavier construction being intended for clock and similar larger precision jobs. 65 mm centre height by 300 or 500 mm between centres it accepted usefully large 10 mm collets. In comparison to the basic Lorch WW lathe this was very much more expensive at 515ff

A fine, original example of a Lorch LL1

A lighter "Geneva" pattern Lorch Schmidt with a round bed flattened on the back. This model was also available in a boxed set complete with a wide range of accessories.

Probably marketed as "Set No. 2" this outfit would have provided the watch repairer with all the basic equipment. Sets 3 and upwards would have included such luxuries as a compound slide rest, two types of tailstock (with a sliding spindle and a lever-feed spindle), drive plate, screwcutting attachment and changewheels, vertical milling slide, pivot polisher, milling and grinding spindle, 3-jaw self-centring chuck (sometimes called a "Universal Chuck"), 4-jaw independent chuck, drill chuck for headstock or tailstock use, wheel-cutting attachment with division plate (to cut what the laymen would call gears but which are known to the watchmaker as "wheels"), a "Mandrel" - in effect a spare headstock with a "faceplate" attached used for super-precision work - and numerous smaller accessories including a single or double roller rest, fixed steady, saw table, Jacot Drum. pivoting attachment, lapping attachment, wax chucks, button or crown chucks, wood screw chuck, wood turning chuck, emery wheel chucks, lantern chucks in bronze and steel, circular saw chuck, carrier chuck, balance chuck, micrometer-adjustable boring head, adjustable eye glass and a self-centring drilling attachment.

Very early (circa 1890) Lorch Schmidt "Triumph" watchmakers' lathe with its outboard drive pulley and hand-turned driving unit. A version was also made with a swivelling headstock

A Lorch Schmidt watchmaker's lathe of the 1930s that has seen better days but readily identifiable (in addition to the maker's name engraved on the front face) by the large "grooved" ring against the left-hand face of the pulley and the long nose taper of the spindle end.
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F.Lorch, Lorch Schmidt, L.S. & Co.
Watchmakers' Lathes - page 2



More information about Lorch Lathes is available in various Manuals, Parts Lists
and well-illustrated Sales & Technical Specification Brochures