Stanley/Fray Brace age estimation

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Forum topic by TomiRosso posted 01-30-2016 07:31 AM 907 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2016 07:31 AM

I found another interesting tool from my grandmother dads stash. He was passed away long, long time ago and his old tools are used to lay all over the yard. Former generations have not shown any value to those.

This time I found old brace. Thanks for google, I found quite lot information about it.

Quite rough looking bastard. It’s Stanley era Fray brace. To be precise Sweetheart era brace. Amazingly ratchet mechanism was working good, despite of that all rust. Head is replaced. Looks like some old bedhead decoration to me.

First I think that socket is wrong too, because it have Stanley Sweetheart logo, but after I google little bit I found more of those. So it could be original.

Braces sweep says FRAY No 1105 A. Looks suitable to me. Only I could not found that suffix A from anywhere.

Could anyone told more about these Stanley era Fray braces? Those was manufactured in Frays factory in Bridgeport? Was at that time selling name Stanley or Fray or both? Was those cheaper than original Stanleys? That’s probably are right, because it found it here in Finland. Expensive range tools are imported quite few here those days.

Was those sold only in USA or was those exactly export products?

What about age estimation…..? Sweetheart era told something and does this 1105 A tell more? Could anyone say something to that?

Is there any catalog where that era tools could be found?

I need to clean it little bit someday and make new head. Seems that I could do real work with it still…..

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