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Miniature lathe

From American Horologist magazine, April, 1936

Miniature lathe

Great patience required by our distinguished member in Dayton, Ohio, to create this tiny lathe which he holds in his hand, being one-fifth the size of our regular lathes.

This miniature lathe is perfect in every detail and an actual working model. Those attending the Convention will have the pleasure of viewing this masterpiece. 

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