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Forum topic by ClutteredShop posted 11-21-2016 02:44 PM 442 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2016 02:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bit brace hand tool question

I recently acquired a bit brace that is pretty unusual. It has a ratchet mechanism, but the pawls must me engaged and disengaged one at a time instead of by rotating a collar, as one does with “modern” braces.
Another unusual feature is the chuck, which rather than having two independent jaws, has a single U-shaped piece holding the jaws.
Also, the manufacturer’s name is very unusual, to the point that it generates NO Google hits: Andro. Mrogzek. (Those periods are really there, as the photos will show.) That sounds Slavic, maybe Polish, but there is no other indication that the tool is foreign.
The grips are of rosewood and have turned circles as nice little grace notes. There were traces of nickel plating, but it all came off when I cleaned the tool.

Does anyone out there know anything about this tool and the manufacturer?

-- Cluttered Shop


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#1 posted 11-21-2016 03:37 PM

The brace is a Peck, Stowe & Wilcox No 1003—you’re looking at a previous owner’s stamp

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#2 posted 11-22-2016 03:58 AM

Aha! That makes sense. Andro just had a set of letter stamps, and that it was a hand job is revealed by the fact that the letters are not very well aligned. I was fooled by the patent number (or the upper half of it) appears right below the name. I was thinking they all were part of the same stamp, and of course the owner would never stamp the patent number. I still wonder why he put periods after his first and last names. Perhaps they are abbreviations.
Thanks, Johnny7. Would you care to guess about when the brace was made?

-- Cluttered Shop

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#3 posted 11-22-2016 09:18 PM

I would say, most likely manufactured around the mid Nineteen-teens (1915-ish)

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