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Millers Falls Bit Braces


The adventure with bit braces begun very early for Millers Falls Co.  In fact, even before the name of Millers Falls Co. existed.  In 1864 Levi J. Gunn and Charles H. Amidon, founders of the Gunn, Amidon & Company, purchased patent rights from William Barber for his "Holder for Bits and Other Tools" - patent No. 42,827-05/24/1864.  This early investment propelled them into tool making business and establishment of the Millers Falls Company.

Millers Falls Bit Brace No 34 - 6 inch sweep


Detailed Description with Photos

 

Fully boxed ratchet mechanism with exposed ratchet dogs.  Patent cup washer and screw to hold chuck to sweep without working loose.  Forged steel alligator jaws holding bit stock and many sizes of round and irregular shanks. 

Ball-bearing head made in Rosewood. Non-splitting, always free acting sweep handle with inserted steel rings.

Fully restored, including disassembling of the chuck and cleaning it from all accumulations.  Greased, oiled and checked. Wood sanded and polished with wax and Carnauba wax for a final layer.


Millers Falls Bit Brace No 62 Ė 10 inch sweep


Detailed Description with Photos

Millers Falls catalog Ė 1887:

Half-boxed Ratchet Brace with Barberís Chuck/Jaws and Dolanís ratcheting mechanism. Steel washer between ratchet and chuck sockets. Brass Antifriction Collar supports Lignum Vitae head. Brass rings in Rosewood sweep handle to prevent splitting.
Rare brace in great condition. Lignum Vitea was one of the most desirable woods for tool making. Very hard, heavy and durable it was used on selected tools only.

Fully restored, including disassembling of the chuck and cleaning it from all accumulations. Greased, oiled and checked. Wood was sander cleaned and polished with Minwax Wood-Sheen Rubbing Oil Stain and Finish.


Millers Falls Bit Brace No 82 Ė 10 inch sweep

 

Detailed Description with Photos

Half-boxed Ratchet Brace with Barberís Chuck and Jaws and Dolanís ratcheting mechanism. Steel washer between ratchet and chuck sockets. Brass Antifriction Collar supports Lignum Vitae head. Brass rings in Rosewood sweep handle to prevent splitting.



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