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The distinctive Post WW-2 Rivett Model R1 watchmakers' lathe as manufactured by the then Rivett Lathe & Grinder Corporation. It is believed that approximately 500 to 600 examples were manufactured in the years spanning 1946 to around 1950 - all fitted with a headstock spindle running ball races. The use of anti-friction bearings in watchmakers' lathes was not unusual, examples being made by, amongst others,  Levin, Coronet, Derbyshire, and Marshall. The large pedestal beneath the headstock is usually found in cast aluminium but ones in cast iron were also produced.

Rivett watchmakers' lathe No. 2. This model had the headstock, toolrest and tailstock aliened by a central slot in the bed - the No. 1 lathes using (in the usual manner) outside bevelled edges. The No. 1 was produced from the early 1890s until late in the same decade with approximately 1000 being produced. No. 2 production followed on and this appears to have been, by the numbers surviving, the more common type - although it was, in comparison with its competitors, a relatively expensive proposition.
Watch lathes of this conventional type were produced by all the various incarnations of the Rivett Company: the Faneuil Watch Tool Co., Rivett Lathe Mfg. Co. and Rivett Lathe & Grinder Co.

A superb example of the Rivett  Type 1C watchmakers' lathe as made by the Faneuil Watch Tool Co. This was identical to the earlier Type 1b (circa 1890 to 1895) but with the word "STEEL" engraved on the end of the bed (shown below) .

Rivett  Type 1C watchmakers' lathe  engraved "STEEL" on the end of the bed

Faceplate clearly engraved with a patent date of January 3rd, 1888

Swing tailstock

Rivett tip-up tool rest circa 1904

Tip-up toolrest with the quick-release lever shown by the T-rest holder

Tip-up toolrest

Beautifully presented collet and accessory set

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