Dating south bend lathe
Bring along your tailstock and they can match the color, complete with age and dirt stains.
Another option for leveling is to use adjustable machine mounts.
An easier way to do the same thing is to put the precision level securely on top of the lathe carriage, perpendicular to the lathe bed with the carriage near the headstock.
Then crank the carriage towards the tailstock and adjust one tailstock foot for level.
One person would turn the wood work piece with a rope while the other used a sharp tool to cut shapes in the wood.
Ancient Rome improved the Egyptian design with the addition of a turning bow.