A good friend of mine came across this old vise.
It was rusted a bit when he got it. We didn’t get any pictures of it in its original condition though. I recommended he use the molassas method of de-rusting it. He did that for a couple of weeks. We then took it to the car wash to spray it off and then dry it off. He scrubbed it a bit, then lubricated it a bit to loosen up a few joints and it works like a charm.
I’ve never seen one of these quick-release mechanisms but it works wonderfully. Opened:
More identification numbers:
He is considering mounting it to his newly built bench. Questions he would like answered:
How old is it?
What is its value?
Thank you for any input you could provide.
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