On 5 Oct 2004 15:49:23 GMT, Bruce Barnett
No. but what's "ancient" ?
Given a quick look, I (and most others with an interest) can quite
easily date a lather from about 1890 onwards, just by looking. There
were a whole range of innovations, both in features to be used, and in
techniques for how lathes were made.
If you have any interest in the history of engineering or machine
tools, find a copy of LTC Rolt's classic "Tools for the Job".