I hope that nobody object to this posting on the basis of the lathe not actually being built for woodworking. I thought that it’s a neat little lathe and some might enjoy seeing it. I picked it up at a flea market a few years ago. Wasn’t sure what it was designed for, but it “called to me” as I went past the seller’s table and ended up going home with me. Its overall length is about 10 inches, and is quite substantial in its construction. I few people I showed it to speculated that it might be a “salesman’s sample” of a full-sized lathe. I was able to find a name on it, Wolfe Johns & Co, Frankfurt, Germany. After a bit of searching on the web, I’ve decided that it’s a jeweler’s or watchmaker’s lathe. I was a bit surprised to find that a lathe for this purpose would be equiped with a woodworker’s style tool rest. It’s equipped with a collet and there are 60 holes equally spaced on the back of the pulley. I’m assuming these holes are for indexing, although I’m not able to find a matching corresponding reference hole in the lathe.
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