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9286-385 Antique Holtzapffel Ornamental Turning Lathe, Circa 1881

Inventory Number: 9286-385

Technical Specifications:

This Holtzapffel ornamental turning lathe was built in 1881 and first sold in 1885, making it one of the later machines built by the Holtzapffel firm.  H2362 has been extensively modified by its previous owners to function as a rose engine, though it can be easily dismounted to serve its original ornamental turning functions.  This is a lathe for someone who wants to use it, not just look at it.  The lathe is in excellent working condition, though it shows its years.

  • Double mahogany frame with cast-iron bed
  • Original six-step pulley with index plate and index arm
  • Two sets (brass and steel) pivot risers for rocking headstock (rose engine) (The lathe is capable of both rocking and pumping action.)
  • Various rose-engine rubbers
  • Pendulum apparatus for centering rocking headstock
  • Original OT cross-slide, plus highly desirable original cradle (Also newer riser cradle for rose-engine work)
  • Eccentric chuck
  • Dome chuck
  • Oval chuck (missing indexing nose)
  • Sprial surface chuck
  • Eccentric cutting frame (original)
  • Horizontal cutting frame (not original)
  • Universal cutting frame (not original)
  • Drilling frame (not original, accepts small Holtz drills)
  • Spiral apparatus (missing 24-tooth gear)
  • Spiral "donut" gears
  • Reciprocating arm
  • Fluting stops
  • Curvilinear gear (but no curvilinear patterns)
  • Four plastic rocking rosettes, six plastic rocking/pumping rosettes, one brass D12 rocking rosette from a Holtz rose cutting frame
  • Original tailstock
  • Rocking tailstock (mounts to headstock)
  • Two short plainturning tool rests
  • Threading hobs and follower
  • Original goniostat
  • Heavy metal-cutting crossslide
  • Beautifully constructed mahogany chest of drawers for accessories
  • Lidded mahogany chest for small accessories
  • Numerous original faceplates, cup chuck and other holding gear (original two-jaw chuck is inoperable)
  • Three-jaw chuck on H2362 faceplate
  • 1" x 8 tpi mandrel converter
  • 1" collet chuck (fits Holtz mandrel)
  • A nice collection of previous owner's test and practice pieces
  • Complete pedigree and other documentation

Click Here to view Provenance

Exotic Woods, Metal Cutters and Dale Chase: Click To Read more (Download PDF)

Equipped With:

What is Ornamental Turning?

Ornamental Turning, also called Complex Turning, is executed on a lathe with attachments which convert a plain circular section to variants of outline; these range from a simple series of cuts taken at intervals around the work (so producing grooves or bumps on the surface) to non-circular movements whereby the whole of the circular shape is removed to give a completely different form. CLICK HERE FOR HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Such shapes are achieved by various means, primarily thru the used of fixed or revolving cutters being introduced to the work in radial and non-radial paths. Movement of the work and cutters individually and or seperatly can achieve a nearly endless variety of patterns and shapes. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON OT


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