Incredibly beautiful machine. These pictures were sent to me by a reader who describes himself as, "havingbeen the custodian of this very fine 1800's lathe by Thomas Cooke of York. This company were primarily scientific instrument makers but they made their own machine tools as well. Apparently they were available to those that had sufficient funds and it wasn't unusual at that time for those with money to spare to have a machine or two to indulge their spare time in such pastimes as ornamental turning. The company ended up becoming part of Cooke, Troughton and Sims who were famous for their theodolites which brings us back more towards your Canadian connections. These instruments I am sure would have been used in the surveying of the Trans Canadian railway amongst other civil engineering projects."