Robbins & Lawrence Engine Lathe, 1852

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Description (Brief)
The Robbins and Lawrence Company of Windsor, Vermont built this metal-turning lathe in the 1850’s. The Robbins and Lawrence Armory and Machine shop was founded in 1846, and became a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The lathe bears a patent plate stamped with the name of Frederick W. Howe, the shop superintendent who was responsible for many of the company’s innovations in machine-tool design. A metal-turning lathe, such as this one, would be an important addition to any machine shop due to its ability to shape metal into a variety of cylindrical surfaces. The bed of the lathe has a length of 100 inches, with 16 inches of swing.
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Place Made
United States: Vermont
overall: 42 in x 12 1/4 in x 72 in; 106.68 cm x 31.115 cm x 182.88 cm
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Curtis Woodruff
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Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History


I have pondered this subject in my mind for several months as when R&L Co.Windsor,VT. during the manufacture process of the various exposed rifle/carbine parts. When & how were these barrels/side plates/ tangs stamped..? Is it possible many exposed parts as mentioned above NOT stamped before final assembly..? I would imagine R&L Co. like others had a storage facility for such purpose....Cordially, G.Ron

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