Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,118 pages of information and 233,665 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Mercklein Lathe

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein02.jpg
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein09.jpg
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein10.jpg
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein14 (2).jpg
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein11.jpg
Note graduations and fine worm wheels
Slide rest with micrometer dial, and worm and wheel for rotating the top slide
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein01.jpg
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein22.jpg
Large chuck
Small chuck
JD 2019 CNAM Mercklein04.jpg
Flywheel spindle runs in rollers
Fine workmanship extends to flywheel and its supports

This is a magnificent ornamental turning lathe made by I. T. Mercklein for King Louis XVI in 1780, and on display in the Musee des Arts et Metiers.

The design of the machine is highly sophisticated, and the workmanship is outstanding.

See Also


Sources of Information