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Posted 6 years ago


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Acquired this lathe and full set of collets in a horse trade on some cuckoo clocks. Don't know much about it. Any information about the lathe or info on picking up any parts or parts catalog for it would be helpful.


  1. dstruble46, 6 years ago
    Oh I did forget to say it has the original foot control.
  2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    Is there a manufacturer's stamp on the lathe anywhere? What is the size of the collet the lathe uses? Nice find.
  3. dstruble46, 6 years ago
    Watch Craft /C & E Marshall Co. Chicago. 1/10 hp. The threads are about 5/16 inch which is wrong as I know they are listed in mm. Wondering about a manual and tailstock for it, or just anything. lol Thanks
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago
    This is what I found on one of the NAWCC Forums:
    Watch-Craft was a trade mark of C & E Marshall, a Chicago watch supply house. They sold motors for watch lathes with the Watch-Craft name on the tag. Many people who see the motor tag assume that the lathe belted and mounted with the motor is called a Watch-Craft. But those motors could be mounted with any brand of lathe.

    Marshall bought the old Moseley watch lathe business in Elgin, IL. Marshall sold lathes with the names Moseley, Peerless, Standard and just plain Marshall stamped on the bed ends. I have never seen one with the Watch-Craft name on the lathe itself. These lathes were very popular just after WW2, and are usually found with chrome plate. Older lathes were usually nickel plated. One peculiar feature of all Marshall lathes is that they were serial numbered on the bed, headstock and tailstock. Those three parts were hand-fitted to each other. I have found that a tailstock with the wrong number will usually not be a perfect fit on another bed. None of the Marshall lathes were of the WW pattern, so the bed shapes and dimensions are very different from the WW lathes. That means that tailstocks from other lathes will not work on any of the Marshall lathes. But the Peerless, Marco and Standard collets are exact copies of the WW collets, so they are easy to swap around between lathes. Moseley collets are a different story, since they came in several styles, all different from the WW.

    There are many used lathes and parts of lathes to be found at NAWCC regionals and on eBay. New items that may fit older watch lathes can be bought from Derbyshire, Levin and Sherline. It takes a lot of experience to know what fits what unless you can try it out on the spot.
    by Larry Vanice

    Hope that helps!



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