Langes Legetoy Toy Lathe

Description (Brief)
This toy lathe was manufactured by the Danish company H. Langes Legetoy around the middle of the 20th century. The lathe is made of a cast metal base that is painted red. The pulley is used to spin the spindle part of the lathe, and the tool rest is able to slide to change the bed length. H. Langes Legetoy produced a variety of toy machine tools including a trip-hammer, grindstone, drill press, shaper, punch press, circular saw, tumbler, lathe, and grinder. These tools would often be arranged on a single board with a line shaft allowing all the machines to be operated simultaneously from a single power source.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1950
place made
Physical Description
white metal (overall material)
overall - from catalog card: 1 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 4.445 cm x 13.97 cm
overall: 1 7/8 in x 5 3/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 4.7625 cm x 13.6525 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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