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An early 20th century rose engine turned trinket box

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A fine example of rose engine work, turned on a geometric lathe the headstock of which rocks back and forth to produce the tiny cuts that make up the surface.

The technique is sometimes called “guilloche”, and the mechanism was invented in the late eighteenth century.

English, ca. 1890

Diameter: 3-5/8”; height: 2”

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