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    Hi All,

    I am looking for help identifying a lathe I picked up this winter. I am thinking it could be a Reed, Prentice or star lathe but I am unsure.

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    F.E. Reed had the half nut lever like so. Cast in name may be on the leg cross bar

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    I have looked high and low on this machine. I cannot find any names cast in anywhere.

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    F.S Perkins of Lowell, MA? P. 116 in Cope's lathe book.

    Headstock on these is distinctive - very similar to Flather of the same period - almost as if they were sharing the same foundry or the same patterns.

    Check the legs - is the interval above the leg stretcher "roundish?"

    One opine - others may differ - and probably will.

    More on F.S. Perkins of not nearly so nice condition at F.S. Perkins Lathe Lowel Mass..

    Joe in NH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe in NH View Post
    Headstock on these is distinctive - very similar to Flather of the same period - almost as if they were sharing the same foundry or the same patterns.
    Joe in NH
    And the tailstock:
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    The ways are the same too.
    John

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    That is pretty dang close Joe. "almost as if they were sharing the same foundry or the same patterns" This is exactly what they were doing as far as I have been told. Here are some more pics of the legs.

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    John, The compound is very similar on the Flather too.
    Last edited by madmodifier; 07-12-2019 at 10:22 AM.

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    An earlier Perkins creation might have more "rounder" holes - but I see from pix online that Perkins was "creative" in his legs and there seems to be variety in the design.

    The earlier flather legs had the archtypical "hole" in the stretcher (such as my No. 1) Later flathers were more "pratt & whitney" in their general design and this is much like that. Again a shared foundry?

    But this is not a Flather - the tailstock with the included "shelf" proves that. Seemingly Flather never included a shelf - at least not that I've seen. (small hole on top slope more typical.)

    Yours is a pretty thing for a pretty plain lathe. Classic in a word. Celebrate standing next to tool tradition.

    Joe in NH

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