Thank you. That doesn't make them sound too valuable.
They are all currently residing in a fancy antique tool chest which
could quite likely get in my way of getting the bits. It has lots of
drawers, some side-by-side, and a slide out cover which buckles down,and
a mirror. It's exactly like this one I located on Google if you can
follow this long link:
However, the one in the picture appears to be in better condition. I
was only after the bits and metal stock anyway! Maybe my wife would love
to see the toolbox in the living room? :) No, seriously!
It was an imitation Gerstner. I found a similar one at Amazon.com for
$139. The auctioneer even said it "looked like" a Gerstner. With it's
content: several calipers, cutting bits, blanks, and other small
miscellaneous stuff, it went for $140 + 10% (buyer's premium) + 7%
sales tax. I was prepared to bid but turned away when the bidding got
to $100. I don't even own a lathe--but I figured there was enough
there to get me off to a good start! : )
Each item I encounter like this leaves me a little wiser. For instance,
last week I would not been able to tell the difference between a
machinist's toolbox and a loaf of bread...and that's just a run of the
mill bit.... %)
I suspect the 50 year old metal lathe may run extremely well, even
today. Yes, if it is broken it would be harder to get parts. Yes, if
it is broken it may not be the right machine. But I think you should
consider it if possible. Also, owwm.org has added a metal working
posting page. Ask a few of those folks about the one you saw. See what
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