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Antique Woodworker's Lathe

$16,850Asking Price

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A highly important tool in the creation of furniture, this 19th-century French woodworker's lathe is itself an object of beauty. A remarkable piece of machinery, it is set in motion by the large foot treadle, which turns the larger wheel. This wheel is attached by a leather pulley to a spindle, which holds a block of wood in place with the help of a tailstock. As the lathe turned, an artisan would use a variety of tools, such as gouges and chisels, to shape the wood, placing them on the tool rest for stability. Intricate decorative carvings cover the lathe, including the initials F.R. and the date 1861. A machine such as this one would have been a craftsman's prized possession.

Lathes have been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians, who first developed a two-person lathe around 1300 B.C.E. A skilled artisan could create everything from pedestals and legs for the finest furniture to simple household items like candlesticks on a well-designed lathe. Pedal-operated models like this were first introduced in the Middle Ages, replacing the hand-cranked model and freeing a craftsman's hands to hold wood-turning tools. With the advent of the Industrial Age, lathes were motorized, which cut down on working time and cleared the way for assembly-line production.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 49 in. (124.46 cm)Width: 56 in. (142.24 cm)Depth: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Marked 1861
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 29-20611stDibs: U100628891179

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    Ships From: New Orleans, LA
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