Large wheel engine used to cut the teeth of clocks

Made:
1751
maker:
John Tipping

Large wheel engine, signed and dated "John Tipping, Whildon Green, 1751".

This large wheel engine was used to cut the teeth on the edge of clock and watch wheels. This is the earliest known dated tool from Lancashire, the centre of the manufacture of English horological tools during the 1700s.

Details

Category:
Hand and Machine Tools
Object Number:
2001-762
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), ivory and steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (as displayed, incl. mount): 230 mm x 588 mm x 310 mm, 11.23 kg
overall (without mount): 220 mm x 588 mm x 350 mm,
type:
wheel engine
credit:
Christie's South Kensington Limited; Christie's South Kensington Limited

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