|Forum topic by rilanda||posted 728 days ago||1750 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
728 days ago
This Brace came into my possession about 30 years ago having paid about £5 for it. The tool looked like it had been kept in a coal hole for the major part of its existence, it was heavily tarnished, black, and very dirty, so much so that none of the inscriptions you can now see were not visible then, therefor I had no idea what I had bought. As you can see from the photo’s the screws holding the inserted brass plates were so corroded as to have been impossible to remove and thereby make the cleaning process much easier so all the cleaning had to be done with the brace intact. The button from the end of the brace was missing so I made a temporary replacement in walnut until such time a nice piece of Rosewood comes along and I can make one to match the original (I believe the originals were Rosewood). The brace was cleaned with linseed oil and the grime was removed the brass section were cleaned with a brass polish and a tooth brush and soft cloth, not to much abrasive work was done as I did not wish to destroy its antique value. the following is a document I have found on the internet regarding a similar brace.
The brace was made by the firm “Brown and Flather” who operated between 1828 and 1849 in Sheffield, and to my delight, on inspecting the wood bits I discovered that they were also manufactured by the same company.
I also have a number of bits to fit this brace, however not bought with the brace but bought from a variety of antiques fairs, car boot sales etc. many of them bought for a few pence each
The inscriptions on this brace read:- BROWN & FLATHER: SOLE MANUFACTURER OF THE PATENT ANTIFRICTION BRACE: JOHN BOTTOM INVENTOR
The brace is used occasionally and I have no idea of its value.
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