I figured some machinist may well know what this is. Looks like a winder of some kind but can't find any info on it. There is no marks from a maker. It's cast iron and about 12-14" wide. The yarn was placed there by the person I bought it from and they called it the mystery machine.
It has a small counter and auto traverses as you wind it. It has a pin as you can see in the top right of the crank that can be removed.
This came from a clock makers shop but not sure if it was used by the maker.
I am lost...
Last edited by JohnnyVegas; 08-26-2011 at 04:36 PM.
Coil winder for 'wave wound' air cored coils
East Sussex, UK
After a little cleaning and close exam... I am coming to the conclusion that this is a late 19th century music wire (piano) winder. Was probably in a store or shop and rolled out wire for sales.
The counter is from 1911 and replaced the original counter. Near the machine was antique piano wire spools that I got also. The marks on the pins suggest the same diameter wire was used.