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Wheel cutting engine, 1770s.

Wheel cutting engine, 1770s.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


This wheel cutting engine is thought to have been made by John Smith in the 1770s. The engine was used to cut the teeth of wheels or pinions, and could have been used to divide the scales of instruments.

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