We like it because it is really small with only 1-5/8" center height and 6" between centers.
The 3-jaw "dog" chuck with independently adjustable jaws was a concession to cutting costs compared to a scrolling chuck, although a 4-jaw chuck was offered as an option.
The lathe is 13.75" in length overall and weighs just 6.5 pounds.
More can be learned about the history of this and other machines by going to Tony Griffith's excellent site at and looking in the "Archives" section by machine name. MUELMATT "VICTOR" ENGRAVER'S VISE AND MALLETMade in Cincinnatti, OH, this vise was used by engraver George Matten (1900-1970) who worked in the Los Angeles area in the mid 20th century. The heavy round base sits atop a leather pad that allows it to be rotated into any orientation.
The basic Adept lathe had a bolt-on compound slide rest located in a slot machined down the center of the bed.
The more popular "Super" Adept had a compound slide mounted to a carriage driven by a 12 TPI leadscrew.
Harper’s magazine summed their sentiment perfectly: “It was the genuine, audacious, self-reliant Western spirit.” By August of that year this consortium, including then-Chicago mayor Benjamin W.
Raymond, purchased an abandoned farm 30 miles north of Chicago and built a watch factory there.
Elgin engineers built their own Observatory to maintain scientifically precise times in their watches.
Later, their accurate “wristlet” watches proved to be vital to the WWI war effort, helping to fuel a craze back in the states for something called “The Wrist Watch.” By the opulent Jazz Age, if you weren’t displaying the exuberant symmetry of an Elgin wrist watch or carrying a svelte, distinctive Elgin pocket watch, then who were you?
This particular lathe was purchased in the 1930's by a harbormaster in South Africa.
It was left to his son who gave it to Tom Hammond who kindly donated it to the museum.
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