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    Need help with dating a watchmaker's bench

    Very nicely done. I am so in awe of the craftsmen that worked with these antique tools and were able to make and service the intricate, delicate, beautiful, and amazingly accurate watches of yesteryear.
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    Need help with dating a watchmaker's bench

    Here is a picture of the drawer locks and frame, and a picture of the bench now that it has been refinished.
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    Need help with dating a watchmaker's bench

    There are cut outs in the drawer lock frame for every drawer for a drawer hook, but I am missing most of the hooks. That will make a good wood working project on a rainy day. I will try and get some pictures next time I get a chance to work on it.
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    Need help with dating a watchmaker's bench

    I am not an artist, but I have a sketch that explains how the drawers are locked. There is a frame behind the knee panel that moves up when the top is fully down. This has wooden pegs that have tapered hooked ends that catch the drawer backs when the frame is down, and when lifted up by the...
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    Need help with dating a watchmaker's bench

    There is a wooden drawer lock frame that has "forks" that catch the back of the drawer when the top is closed. When the top is unlocked and opened, it presses a lever that raises the frame and lifts the forks above the drawer back and allows the drawer to open. This pivot piece that holds the...
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    Need help with dating a watchmaker's bench

    Thank you for the replies. This bench was last used in a jewlery store in Wilmington OH. The battleship grey paint also made me think WWII along with the lack of brass handles (metal shortage during war years). It does not have a groove in the maple top, there is no key lock, but the drawers do...
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    Need help with dating a watchmaker's bench

    I am restarting my hobby of watch and clock repair after my kids have left home and I have a bit more free time. I recently purchased a watchmakers bench that looks much like a roll top rosberg bench, but is unmarked. I have found similar benchs in 1899 and a 1938 watchmakers tools catalog, but...

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