Robbins & Lawrence Engine Lathe, 1852

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.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Vermont

See more items in: Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing, Work, Industry & Manufacturing, Machine Shop

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Credit Line: Curtis Woodruff

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MC.316022Catalog Number: 316022Accession Number: 216953

Object Name: machine tool, metalworking, latheturning lathe

Measurements: overall: 42 in x 12 1/4 in x 72 in; 106.68 cm x 31.115 cm x 182.88 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-6ac7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_845578

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