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Resident in France this high-quality bench precision lathe is set up as a repetition capstan type. This was a machine that would have been, almost certainly when fitted with the right accessories have been able to perform in three forms: for one-off precision jobs by a skilled turner with a compound screw-feed compound slide assembly, a screw-feed tailstock and a simple draw tube for holding collets in the headstock spindle. The same lathe could then be adapted to perform as a "Second-operation" or "Finishing" machine, the transformation involving the use of lever-feed controls to the slide rest, tailstock and collet closer. Set up like this, the lathe was intended to be part of a production process where simple parts could be either further modified or finished. The final and most complex arrangement was the type shown, "Production" or "Capstan" type - this being fitted with a bed-mounted 5 or 6-station indexing capstan unit and, according to the particular job being tackled, either lever or screw-operated slide rests and a quick-action collet closer. By simply changing the fittings mounted on the bed, any version (or combinations of versions) could be assembled in a matter of minutes and pressed into service with a minimum loss of time.