Antique lathe tops Science, Technology & Clocks auction



2015-06-26 11:16:51

Antique lathe tops Science, Technology & Clocks auction

Skinner Auctions announced a $1.9 million total for their Dec 1 Science, Technology & Clocks auction, led by the $228,000 sale of a Holtzapffel & Co rose engine lathe.

A lathe is a machine tool which rotates the workpiece on its axis in order to cut, sand, knurl, drill, face etc an object. This example, rose engine late number 1636, is the most complex and fully featured that Holtzapffel ever created, and took two years to make, finished in 1838.

In addition, a selection of Holtzapffel turning tools with ivory handles sold for $43,200. These tools are thought to have been displayed at London at 1851’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations.

A strong selection of antique microscopes were a highlight, as well as an array of surveyor’s tools and several telescopes.

Part of the auction was dedicated to the Theodore R. Crom watch collection. Crom was an expert on horological tools, watches and clocks. His tool collection was sold by Skinner in May 2010, at the largest public offering of horological tools ever presented.

The collection of Crom’s stunning early timepieces was led by a Barrauds enamel and pearl-set open face gold watch circa 1813, which fetched $67,650 over a $5,000 high estimate.

A Samuel Ruel enameled pair case watch, circa 1715, with decorative enamel, snakeskin outer case and faux pendulum sold for $58,425. A Jean Rousseau tulip-form gilt-brass and rock crystal watch, circa 1640, achieved $34,440.

Highlights among the clocks were an E. Howard & Co number 23 90-day astronomical regular from Boston circa 1870, sold for $150,000, and a dent ebonised quarter-chiming table clock circa 1870, for $61,500.


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