Bliss-Baldwin Lathe

Description (Brief)
This metalworking lathe was built in New Ipswich, New Hampshire in the 1820s. The lathe is remarkable because of its unusual gearing arrangement. In typical lathe construction the gearing is located near the lathe’s drive pulleys, this lathe’s gears are at floor level. Such a variation in gear placement suggests that the builder of this lathe was influenced by similarly designed textile machines of the period. The bed length on this lathe is 45.5 inches, and it has 10 inches of swing.
Currently not on view
Object Name
machine tool, metalworking, lathe
cutting tool: 48 in x 12 in x 7/16 in; 121.92 cm x 30.48 cm x 1.10998 cm
overall: 45 in x 60 in x 21 in; 114.3 cm x 152.4 cm x 53.34 cm
cutting tool: 1 in x 7/16 in x 4 in; 2.54 cm x 1.11125 cm x 10.16 cm
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Industry & Manufacturing
Machine Shop
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Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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