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    Default Vintage lathe identification

    Hello, found this forum while trying to identify this lathe for my neighbour. He's auctioning it as part of his father's estate auction and has no details about it and I offered to do some googling. The closest I could find was a Shepard, Lathe & Co. model over at lathes.co.uk. There's no name plate on the lathe or cast identification that I could see. Posting to see if anyone could confirm the make of this thing. We're in Ontario, Canada. Thanks for any help!

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    Very old, like late 1800s.

    Reminds me of a Pratt and Whitney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank R View Post
    Very old, like late 1800s.

    Reminds me of a Pratt and Whitney.
    It's a Putnam Machine Co lathe made in Fitchburg MA. Likely 1870s vintage. Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maltesehunter View Post
    It's a Putnam Machine Co lathe made in Fitchburg MA. Likely 1870s vintage. Jake
    Incredible! Pics in the link are a match for sure. This should have been my first stop. Much appreciated!

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    Here is one quite a bit later - in 1901 Manning, Maxwell & Moore hard bound catalog

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    And one for sale a few years back in the Denver area

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maltesehunter View Post
    It's a Putnam Machine Co lathe made in Fitchburg MA. Likely 1870s vintage. Jake
    Much appreciated Jake! Looks spot on. Tried to post thanks yesterday but reply got moderated out somehow. Maybe for the link to an external site with pictures of another Putnam. Hopefully this one gets through. I do appreciate everyone's quick response.

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