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Early 1800's Primitive Wood Manual Hand Made Drill Bitstock Brace J.W. ROSS H & R Boker D Pattberg William Marples?

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Drills61 of 75Unusual hand Cranked Drill No manufactures Info F H O???1942 Craftsman Drill Press
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Posted 5 years ago


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First of all Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there. Thank you so much for all that you have done and still do to add value to our lives! It is greatly appreciated! : )

This is a very interesting find of mine that it seems some of you may enjoy. It seems very old and primitive. I am not able to find anything like it through my research.

One side is stamped in the wood J.W. ROSS. On the other side in the metal is what appears to be H & R BOKER and underneath it D PATTBERG.

The craftmanship on it seems amazing. Everything works on it and it seems to be complete outside of any drill pits to place into it. It is about 14 3/4 inches across.

I would appreciate if anyone can provide any insight to me as to its age and possibly history. Thank you so much in advance for any assistance you may provide. If not it is okay. Have a blessed day my friends! : )

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  1. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    I appreciate the comment and the loveBELLIN68! Have an awesome day! : )
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Very neat Bit Brace, I found and image that resembles yours, but it's a Sheffeild. Again great pice. Here's a link to the Sheffeild one:
  3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    If you google brace bit and chose "images" there are several to view, hope this will lead you somewhere to answer your querries.
  4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
    Probably made by H & R D Pattberg. I think your date is off by quite a bit, pun intended.
  5. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    Awesome find kerry! Thank you for the link and loving this item as well. Yeah you pointing out this is considered a bit brace helps out tremendously. You rock.. : )
  6. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    Whether it is a H & R or M & R there is something that follows it that appears to be BONER. Not sure if it really comes through in the pics well or not if you haven't seen the item in person. fhrjr2 I thank you for the input. And your intended pun.... : )
  7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
    My research was probably flawed anyway as it related to bit braces in 1860. Pattberg seems to have had various partners/names and J.W. Ross is still a fairly big player when it comes to augers but no longer hand tools. Perhaps I just "bit" off to much. (Gotta throw in a pun when I can)

    Interesting item, which I will follow and see how it resolves.
  8. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    Interesting additional info fhr. Thank you so much once again for sharing. I appreciate the love for this item as well and your humor..... : )
  9. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    Thank you so much for the love walksoftly.... : )
  10. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 5 years ago
    If you get frustrated do a search for bitstock or bitstock brace. The entire unit was referred to as bitstock. Pay attention to the name William Marples. He is best known for edge tools like timber slips, chisels etc. but he is also credited with making bitstock (braces) of metal and wood. If you could associate yours with Marples it would be worth a tidy sum.

    I have several more common braces that belonged to parents and grand parents that I have been researching along with bits for stone and marble. I suspect you may have the best luck using British or Austrailian sites to locate the one you show. They seem to have better information on those countries web sites than here and even for U.S. made woodworking items.
  11. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    Great info fjrjr2. You are the best! I am so grateful for the information you provided. I will keep all you said in mind as I research this item.
  12. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the loves mrmajestic. Have a great evening! : )
  13. electobacco electobacco, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the love again mikie!! : )

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