Seldom found, the Wiskum watchmaker's lathe was manufactured during the late 1940s and early 1950s by P.Wiskum, Ny, Ostergade 3, Copenhagen in Denmark.
Finished in a typical-for-the-time black-crackle finish - used on many contemporary products as a sign of high quality - the Wiskum was a light, "Geneva" type lathe with a round, 250 mm long bed with a flat section to the back. The maker describing the bed material, and other metal parts, as being of "Swedish steel" and dimensioned so as able to take fittings by the German maker Lorch - a common feature of many "Geneva" lathes that allows considerable freedom to find suitable accessories such as a screw-feed compound slide rest.
With a 40 mm centre height, the headstock held a spindle running in cone bearings and bored to accept 8 mm collets.
The lathe was offered as a boxed set, probably in several forms, with the most complete holding - in addition to the usual wire, box, cone and wax chucks and tailstock runners - 3 and 6-jaw chucks; both push and lever-action tailstocks; a high-speed grinding and milling spindle; a compound slide rest; saw table; milling slide with a mounted high-speed spindle; safety pulley set; pump-centre faceplate; roller filing rest; a hand T-rest and a very large dividing plate to mount on the headstock
If you have a Wiskum lathe of any type, the writer would be delighted to receive pictures and details.