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Blog entry by WayneC posted 334 days ago 941 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this 5” sweep brace as part of an eBay tool lot. This is actually the first brace I have seen with this small of a sweep. It is marked “Jameson and Co. Warrantied”. I Googled the company and only found one reference for the company name. It was from Newcastle UK. If any of the UK Lumberjocks have any info I would greatly appreciate it.

This is a photo of the brace with my 6” Millers Falls #34 so you can see the size of the brace.

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theoldfart

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#1 posted 333 days ago

Wayne, that flat sided chuck looks like it would invite wrench tightening! I assume it was made for tight quarters.

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#2 posted 333 days ago

Jameson & Co was a british hardware store from the late 1800’s until ???. So your brace would be sold by them, but made by someone else.
5” is a very rare size in the US – great find there.
The chuck looks familiar to ones I’ve had that were just marked “Germany.” If you continue to search for similar chuck styles you may find your maker.

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#3 posted 333 days ago

Thanks Joe I will keep looking.

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Brit

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#4 posted 333 days ago

I haven’t been able to find anything more about Jameson & Co. Wayne. Nice little brace though which will be great for driving large screws.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brit

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#5 posted 333 days ago

As Joe said, those chucks were very common and can be found on many braces made in the early 20th century. Joe is right that it would have been made by another company and Jameson just put their name on it. I am 90% certain that your brace was made by J. A. Chapman, Sheffield who specialized in the manufacture of braces and drills.

Here’s a Chapman brace with the same chuck. As you can see, it essentially looks like the same brace.

J. A. Chapman originally started as a partnership between James Chapman and Harry Wharton, but the partnership was dissolved on 4th May, 1903.

During the 1st world war, J. A. Chapman made Pattern 1907 sword bayonets for the British army’s weapon of choice, the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Rifle, Mk III.

In 1937 J. A. Chapman were acquired by Stanley Works when they entered the UK market. In 1938 they were based at Industry Tool Works, Woodside Lane and Rutland Road, Sheffield. Nothing remains of their existence in Woodside Lane now, but the site once owned by J. A. Chapman and later acquired by Stanley Works is still standing in Rutland Road. It covers 3.7 acres and is currently available for redevelopment. Stanley ceased manufacturing there at the start of this millenium. It you look carefully, you can still see the words Stanley Tools on the side of the building. This is most likely where your brace was made.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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WayneC

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#6 posted 333 days ago

Thanks for all the info Andy. It does look like the one above. This one will definitely be restored and have a place in my tool box. I was pretty surprised when it arrived. I was thinking it was bigger, perhaps an 8”. It was a very nice surprise.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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