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Mandrels

The word "mandrel" can cause some confusion. Strictly it refers to a rotating spindle, but it is widely used to mean the brass lathes common in the 19th century, as illustrated below.

 

 


Swiss Mandrel

This kind of lathe was used for cutting sinks, holes etc. in watch plates and other parts. It is quick to set up and efficient in use.

mandrel
Mandrel

tool rest
hand rest

tailstock
tailstock

compound slide
compound slide


English Mandrel

The English style of mandrel was used in the same way as the Swiss. It was usually driven by a cord rather than gears, and commonly had a short bed with just a hand rest. This is a fine example, made in Lancashire in the mid 19th Century. It is shown with its compound slide and with the hand rest in position.

 

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