View Full Version : Sebastian lathe

08-19-2014, 02:33 AM
A friend just picked up an old Sebastian lathe and I was wondering what anyone who has had experience with one thought of them. It's no diamond in the rough, it's just rough with a fair amount of wear but for what he wants it for it's more than adequate. Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any serial number plate on it. It has an 18 to 20 inch swing (approx) and about an 8 foot bed and the spindle has a through hole of about 1 3/4 inches. This is a pic of one that's as similar to it as I could find on the net. Any information about them would be greatly appreciated.


08-19-2014, 03:17 AM
I believe Sebastian was or became part of Sheldon Lathe. Widening your search to "Sheldon" might find a successor lathe to this, with manuals etc.?

08-19-2014, 05:54 AM
They seem to be affiliated with the name "Gold Seal", if that means anything to you: http://www.lathes.co.uk/sebastian/page2.html

Ohio Mike
08-19-2014, 07:51 AM
I believe the serial on these is on the front of the bed, tailstock side.

08-19-2014, 11:44 PM
I had a 12" Sebasdtian lathe. It was old, but well made. I did a lot of projects on it. I would rate the one I had as a good quality machine.

Richard P Wilson
08-20-2014, 04:40 AM
Try the www.lathes.co.uk website. There is some information on them under the name 'Sebastian Gold Seal'.


08-20-2014, 02:37 PM
Thanks to everyone who replied. Unfortunately I had already previously found the sites suggested. I had also found a site for a manual for it and forwarded the addy to my friend.

Ohio Mike, thanks for that information. I'll have a closer look for it but it may have been covered up by at least two possibly three paint jobs or removed even.

Toolguy, I'm glad to hear you considered your Sebastian as a good quality lathe. This one looks fairly substantial at least but was bought without having seen it run. Around here lathes like that just don't show up that often for the price asked.

08-20-2014, 08:46 PM
I had a 12" one about a dozen years ago. It was missing a part, I tracked down the mailing address and they did have parts and a re-build service, both of which were too rich for my blood at the time. I don't expect I could find the contact information now after half a dozen moves, though. I was happy with mine, but couldn't move it with me when the time came.

Hah! Found a letter from June 2000 to:

D.C. Morrison Co
201 Johnson St.
Covington KY

requesting a parts book. Which apparently I still have somewhere, unless it went with the lathe.

And here it is (http://www.thesweetoasis.com/misc_photos/sebastian.png), with a chunk of aluminum. Amazing what you can actually find if you do your backups regularly.