A catalog and history of Holtzapffel lathes


Holtzapffel.org is dedicated to the renowned 19th C. maker of ornamental turning equipment. It provides a comprehensive collection of information about the Holtzapffel family, their firm, and the lathes they produced.

This site was created with the intention to organize a community effort to update the Holtzapffel catalog. If you are aware of any public or private grants that might support this research and publication, please contact us. With your help, The Catalog of Holtzapffel Lathes will detail the provenance and specifications of 2,557 Holtzapffel lathes.

Currently, this site provides a complete Holtzapffel history, including biographies, genealogy, a timeline of notable dates, factory addresses, factory signatures, and other documents. Also included are photos, trade catalogue descriptions, bibliography, glossary of terms, and links to related resources.

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