My husband spotted this in the cabinet at the Habitat Restore, and pointed it out to me. I’m glad he saw it – I normally never look in the cabinet, because it’s all jewelry stuff in there. It’s a Miller's Falls brace, and a bunch of bits.
The brace is in excellent condition, and works perfectly. I cleaned the old grease out of the chuck, and gave it a wipe of WD-40. The mark on the chuck reads “Millers Falls Co / Millers Falls, Mass. U.S.A” on one side, and on the other “Pat. JUNE 23-1880”. The head is on ball bearings. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the “Barber Improved Ratchet Brace” models.
Some of the bits need to be sharpened, which means I’ll need to get some files. A nice excuse to buy myself a decent file or two.
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