This beauty came complete with the selection of copper wheels/spindles shown below.
It also includes a selection of threaded spindles for specialized wheels (stone, polishing, wood, etc.). The go with the lathe, I made the oak table, oak motor mount, three-speed motor with five step cone pulley, drawing holder, stool, and oak spindle rack. Close up images of the various parts are shown below:
This is a professional copper wheel glass engraving lathe and a rare treasure of glassmaking history. With proper care it will outlast several more engravers. The heavy cast iron lathe is mounted on the original turned walnut base and features extra wide babbitt bearings. These are still the original bearings and show no signs of wear (copper wheel work is usually done at low RPMs and with very little pressure). The lathe spindle has a cast iron five step cone pulley (round leather belt) for speed changes. It is currently setup with the motor to the rear. It could be driven from a motor or line shaft above or even a treadle from below. With the current drive system and babbitt bearings this may well be the quietest machine you will never hear. In over 25 years of copper wheel crystal engraving I have never come across another machine like this. They are extremely rare.
Two additional views with sample engravings:
To see several examples of copper wheel crystal engraving: Click here.
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Contact: James P. Riser