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Falls # 2 Hand Drill Millers Falls offered a number of different model hand drills. The
# 2 is considered by many to be the finest hand drill ever offered.
Collectors and users are especially interested in this early version with
Rosewood handle and the crank gear guide to keep it running tight and
straight. This one comes with the original bits seen. Light wear.
Chuck is fine. Side handle present. Very Nice!
Fine . . . . . $120.00
Falls # 2 Hand Drill
The Millers Falls #2 eggbeater style hand drill is is the best known
and most popular hand drill out there.
They were made over a long span and there have been type studies done on them.
This one is designated a 2 on the crank. It is one of the earliest
versions with the gear guide later ones do not have, and rosewood handle. It has seen little use and
includes the bits seen. The chuck is fine. Runs smooth and
is tight. All original noting most of the finish on the main crank is
gone as it had been over painted and that removed. Lightly cleaned. Nice!
Fine . . . . . . $125.00
Falls No. 2 Hand Drill Box is
tattered & taped, the drill itself in near mint. The faded decal on
the handle is near complete. Minor losses to the paint. Little
used. No issues. The hand down / hands on favorite of users!
Fine . . . . . $175.00
Falls # 2 Hand Drill The Millers Falls #2 eggbeater style hand drill is considered by many to be the
finest hand drill made and is the top choice amongst users. They were made over a long span and have had type studies done on them that one can find online. This one is
designated a No. 2 on the crank. It has seen lite use. The 3 jaw chuck is fine. Runs smooth and handle is tight to the frame.
Lightly cleaned, there is no need for a rebuild or whatever they say they do to the ones selling for 150 + on eBay. Nice!
Good +. . . . . $50.00
Falls No. 2A Hand Drill NOS in tattered
box. Clean & Nice!!
Fine . . . . . $125.00
Millers Falls #2A Hand Drill
The Millers Falls #2 series of hand drills are very popular and considered by many the finest hand drill made.
This example looks to have seen little use and includes the fluted bits shown. There is no side
handle. Ready to go!
Fine . . . . . . .$60.00 SOLD!
Egg Beater Drill Bill Ruger only made this
design drill for a short period, but each of these has subtle differences.
The pics show the differences. The bottom one is missing its end cap.
The middle one is blued and appears to have never been painted with the
typical red paint Bill Ruger used. Restored? Not sure. I am no expert and do not know all the fine points, but
it sure looks right, and great.
The paint on the top
one is so bright I am going to go out on a limb here and say it was redone.
Good + Top . . . . . $395.00
Fine Middle. . . . . $450.00
Good Bottom . . . . . $250.00
Egg Beater Drill The overall condition is very
good noting the typical paint loss on the gear wheel. Will clean to be even nicer and
carefully repainted would look awesome.
Good +. . . . . $295.00
Pistol Grip Hand Drill Bill Ruger went
into the tool and drill making business to help keep his floundering gun
making company afloat.
He turned out a nice product that has become quite collectible. Here
is a version of his pistol grip drill. His other drills are probably
scarcer, but given this ones design it is the most easily recognized and
Good . . . . . $395.00 SOLD!!
Pistol Grip Hand Drill
This hand drill was made by the gun manufacturing outfit Ruger Corp. of
Bridgeport CT. These
unusual hand drills date from the 40's - 50's and are pretty hard to find.
I have read that the founder of the company was a tool designer prior to
venturing into firearm manufacture. This is a pretty nice example and will clean to be much nicer.
Good . . . . . . .$250.00 SOLD!
Archimedean Drill / Driver The overall
condition of this Archimedean drill / driver is very good. They were
offered in at least two sizes and spring loaded or not. This is the
larger size and is not spring loaded.
Good +. . . . . $275.00
Pistol Drill The overall condition this pistol
drill is very good noting
the typical paint loss on the top gear wheel. This pistol grip drill
will clean to be nicer and carefully repainted
would look awesome. The blueing on the grip is very good, and the latch
door on the bottom operates as it should. This style drill is the most famous
tool Ruger made as well as the most desirable
and sought after given the firearm form, but it is also probably the most
Good +. . . . . $395.00
# 1010 Bit Brace / Drill Bill Ruger was issued
a patent for his brace on Nov. 9, 1948. Patent #151,719 The overall condition
of this unusual Ruger brace is very good.
The Ruger bit brace is probably the hardest to find of the 4 tools listed. I
have heard Ruger also made a breast drill that is even scarcer and harder to find. This
example is marked # 1010 Ruger Corp Southport Conn. This design brace can also be found marked Artisan and Seymour
Smith, but this one is all Ruger. The history and an analysis of
the design can be found on a site called Georges Basement. Here is the
Good +. . . . . $395.00
Artisan 2310 12" Bit Brace This sale is for the 12" ARTISAN Bit Brace pictured.
Artisan and Seymour Smith braces are near identical to Ruger marked versions of bit braces and there are connections. Ruger, the famous gun maker,
produced the 1010 Bit Brace. Was there a direct connection, or did Seymour Smith buy the rights after
Ruger changed back to gun making after their short foray in to tool making.
That info is out there. There is a lot of info on the internet about the connection between Ruger braces,
Artisan and Seymour - Smith including who made what, when, and for who.
Good . . . . . $125.00
2 Seymour Smith
No. 2310 10" Bit Braces in Display Box - NOS After Bill Ruger moved on from his short lived foray
into the tool / drill production arena, Seymour
Smith produced their 2310 brace as part of their own line using Ruger's
design / patent ideas.
The cardboard display box measures 15" x 8" x 9". The
display box has some moisture warp issues but is still sturdy and
will be an excellent display. Both bit braces are new old stock and in great shape.
It is a great design and very smooth working ratchet system. Note the
condition of the name stamps on the end of the
pads. Top of the line.
Fine . . . . . $450.00 SOLD!!
Hand Drill Smooth running primitive drill for
fine work. No issues. Great cast crank handle and fine wood pad handle
with embellishment lines. It will make for a great addition to the
collection, or a good user!
Good + . . . . . $75.00 SOLD!!
North Brothers / Bell System 2101 A 8" Brace
Pre Stanley. Top of the line quality.
The overall condition is nice. Minor nickel loses and dings. Ratchet works smoothly and properly. Good jaws.
The 2101 brace is considered by many to be the finest brace made.
Good +. . . . . $65.00
Stanley # 982 Corner Brace
The overall condition is nice. Nice handle.
Good +. . . . . $40.00
Brass Frame Beech Brace w/ Ebony Head and Ivory Button
Nice. The head is clearly marked Mathieson on one side, and has the
owners initials in script on the other.
The spring loaded bit button works properly. The Ebony head is nice w/
one tight crack. Nice!!
Good + . . . . . $60.00
w/ Ebony Head & Heart Button
The overall condition is nice. Nice
Ebony pad w/ brass button. Note the heart shaped button to release
the bits. Very nice!!
Good +. . . . . $60.00
#2 Spring Hammer This is a hand crank Jack Hammer. The
idea was patented on October 24 1911. It comes w/ one star bit. It is
operational. I drilled a hole in mortar with it easily. Brick
was slower. Busted up dry thinset like it was nothing. I did not
try it on my concrete driveway.
Sounds just like the real thing when you get it going. The patent was
easy enough to find, and several references to it could be found in trade
literature from the time, but I could find no reference to other current or
A rare thing I imagine. No hammer collection would be complete
without it. Nice!
Good + . . . . . . $95.00
Patent Pending "Pat. P' D' G"
Folding Ratchet Brace Here
is an oddball brace, from its multi-joint folding feature, its unusual barrel type
ratchet mechanism, all the way to how the fellow chose to write out his patent pending
announcement, "Pat. P' D' G", this folding ratchet brace is strange.
It is not pictured in Pearson's book on braces, and the few other informed
dealers / collectors I have shown it to
have never seen it before either.
When set up in
standard operating mode it has a 10" sweep. It has the ability to be set up in
a number of other configurations with the simple push of one of the 4
different locking lever at
each joint. (each one works) Each joint has the ability to lock in an intermediate position
besides straight or with the 90 degree fold. Thing is it is unworkable in any configuration other than
the standard brace form and would be called a wrist breaking wobble brace instead of wimble
brace if you tried to use it. It would make sense if you could turn it
into a wimble brace, but that is not an option. It is over 30" long
when folded out straight, but is basically non operable in that configuration as
The ratchet works fine---left, right, and locked with the lever straight up.
The chuck is unmarked. The jaws are OK. The pad looks to be
cocobolo or rosewood. (It is not bent or damaged as the perspective of one
pic makes it look) The handle is set up to revolve on built-in
bushings. It is nice. The overall condition is nice with no rust or pitting to
speak of. Where you going to find another!!
Good + . . . . . $1700.00 SOLD!!
Corner Brace This fellow had a number
of different patents for some pretty innovative ideas having to do with
braces. He used Millers Falls chucks as he use to work for them, but
they were not offered by them.
Good . . . . . $50.00 SOLD!!
1892 Patent Brace The
patent was issued on August 23rd 1892 and is clearly marked on the frame.
The Patentee was French.
The nickel plating is well over 90% and it will clean up to look even
better. An opportunity to add to or upgrade the collection of rare
patented braces. A rare and unusual bit brace in outstanding
Fine . . . . . .$295.00
F. Bowser & Co Spiral Screwdriver An early and odd
spiral screwdriver from Ft. Wayne Ind. Used but nice!!
Good +. . . . . $40.00 SOLD!!
Pump Augers / Pipe Auger
/ Pod Augers These were purchased by the collector from Iron Horse auctions back in
the 80's. The collector was quite proud of them.
There are 8 different versions or sizes of these
large, heavy, and rare auger drills.Several have side mounted cutters attached that could be sharpened or replaced.
There is no extension handle.
These were mostly used by early settlers to make water pipes before the time
of iron pipes. You can read about the process on the internet using a Google
search. I was reading one story where the early California settlers used a set of these to bring down the largest of the virgin Redwoods
or Sequoias down by Calaveras back in the early days when they could not think of any other way to bring
down a 300+ ft. tall tree that was over 25' in Dia. and a couple few
thousand years old. It took them 20 some days to destroy what had taken
2,000 or more years to grow, just so they could say they did it. Boys with
their toys and too much time on their hands.
All appear to be usable. Nice and different!!
Good + . . . . . .$150.00 SOLD!!
Archimedean / Spiral
Push Drills & Screw Drivers
Nice. As a lot, or individually. For use or the collection.
Good . . . . . $65.00 / Lot or $15.00
Ebony Fill Metallic Frame Patent Brace
This is a well made ebony brace in very nice condition. In addition to the phrase
Frame Patent Brace" it also says Warranted, and has a logo of a Lion and
Unicorn on either side of a shield. Minor chips in the pad, otherwise
Excellent. . . . . .$395.00 SOLD!!
Millers Falls #4 Ratchet Auger Handle This is
very nice and shows no signs of use or abuse. .
Everything is OK.. Put it back to work, or hang it in the collection.
Fine . . . . . .$75.00 SOLD!
English Bit Brace
nice Beech brace with brass infill and a button lock feature. The maker
name and location are stamped on the end. You can make out Flather and
Sheffield, but another word is near done. All in all a nice piece.
Good . . . . .$125.00 SOLD
Brown / Sheffield Patented Brass Plated Beech Brace The
ID tag is on the top of the Rosewood or other exotic hardwood pad. It
is a nice brace that is marked Henry Brown Patentee. The patent was for
the spring loaded bit holder. It is functional. Nice!!
Good . . . . . $ 60.00
Primitive Bit Brace
nice brace with a swivel lock feature. There is some bug / worm holes in
Good . . . . .$40.00
Falls # 4 Ratcheting Auger Bit Handle Minty Nice,
decal still on the chuck. Hardly used and ready.
Fine . . . . . . $75.00
Yankee / North Brothers #1555A Breast Drill
This Yankee / North Brothers #1555A breast drill is NOS
and looks to have never been fully assembled. The main wheel is wrapped in
its original wax paper with a newspaper from 1962 over that. The 1555 has
the 5 speed transmission that is the top of the line for all breast drills.
You do not find them like this anymore.
Excellent + . . . . .$120.00
3 NOS Yankee / North Brothers #2100 Bit Braces
These #2100 North Brothers bit braces are considered the
best braces ever made or offered by North Brothers or later on by Stanley .
The design and quality of construction is top of the line and includes such
things as ball bearings, black hard rubber handles, and the two jaw chuck that is
so versatile. I believe these date from the 20's and before
Stanley bought out North Brothers. They came to me from a small stash
of NOS tools that have been stored away for the last 50 - 75 years in a dry
basement. They are NOS and look to have never been used. None nicer!!
8" . . . . Excellent + . . . . .$150.00
12" . . . . Excellent + . . . . .$150.00 SOLD!
14" . . . . Excellent + . . . . .$225.00 SOLD!
Bronze Breast Drill
this are very hard to find. They are usually associated with very early American
production before mass production was the norm.
Note the handle design. Hang it or use it for that authentic touch
to that project.
Good + . . . . .$140.00
2101 Bell System 10" Brace Smooth running.
Clean. No issues.
Little used. The brace of choice by users!
Good + . . . . . $125.00
Combination Breast Drill & Brace
style breast drill / brace was offered by a few different companies, but this
one I believe is a Millers Falls. Firs time I treid one of these out I almost
broke my wrist when the crank cams around. Guess you are supposed to remove
it for that operation, thus explaining why you oftentimes find half of these.
Excellent . . . . .$125.00
Drill Valve / Cylinder Facing or Surfacing Combination
This unusual example of a quality drill is in very
nice condition. To change operation you move the lever to one of three positions
thus changing the operation from a standard drill to a back and forth motion to
surface cylinders or reface valves in automotive work. The patent info and
the name are cast into the handle and the 1910 date is clear, but I can not make
out the other info given.
Very Good+. . . . .$175.00 SOLD
Combination Folding Breast Drill
is a very unusual breast drill that has more features than anyone person could ever
need when drilling a hole. It folds it has a chain, it has different speeds,
and it is very rare. Mr. McClellan was a prolific inventor of drills and used
MF parts for many of his basic ideas. (He worked for them at one time)
This one has been carefully restored(painted) by the previous owner collector, and
is ready for the shelf, or if your battery one is run down, for use.
Very Good . . . . .$250.00
McClellan Patent Folding Breast Drill
w/ Chain Drill Attachment This is a very
unusual breast drill that has more features than most people drilling a hole
would ever need .
The most unusual feature is that it folds in the middle to either side.
It also has a provision to be used as a chain drill. It is also
a 2 speed and has a ratcheting feature.
Mr. McClellan was a prolific inventor
of drills, both breast and corner, and used MF parts for many of his basic ideas. (He worked for them at one time) This
appears to be all original and correct right down to the chain drill. The
crank is marked with his name and the phrase SOUND BEACH on one side and
patent date on the other. Sound Beach was the
location of another maker of breast drills, Adams. Perhaps they worked
together for a time. More research is needed.
Ready for the shelf or if your battery
one runs down, for use. Can you imagine!
Fine . . . . . .$150.00 SOLD!
Millers Falls #85 Breast Drill Top of the line. Like new!!
Fine . . . . . .$125.00 SOLD!
is pretty nice. It has a Rosewood pad, and nicely done steel bulbous
handle. The chuck mechanism works well, and the maker name location are
still readable on the head. Nice.
Fine . . . . . .$80.00 SOLD!!
Rare Patented July 2nd 1907 Take-Down Brace
This brace was patented in 1907 by C. J. Haeberli
& H. E. O. Schmidt. It was a great idea and perhaps if they had introduced
it 50 years earlier these enterprising fellows might have become rich and famous
with this invention of theirs. As it was, it is a bit late as these things
go, and I am sure the guy with thoughts of buying one of them new fangled electric
drills didn't give this design a second thought when confronted with the choice.
In operation you back off the knurled nut at the
brace end and the large L shaped arm pulls off. Then the head str ightens
out and you tighten another nut and you have a standard brace for normal work.
Ron Pearsons book on the subject, " The American Patented Brace 1829-1924 " gives
this brace the highest rating for scarcity, with fewer than 5 examples known.
The condition is super, and it shows little evidence of use, and certainly no abuse.
Everything is proper and original. A tough piece to find. I have never
Excellent . . . . .$450.00 SOLD
Brothers Sheffield Brace This
Beech brace is in pretty nice condition noting the small chip in the Rosewood pad.
Good . . . . .$140.00 SOLD!
Morrison Patent Brace This
unusual corner brace is in nice condition. The thin bar across the top is
marked Challenge and the patent date from 1898. It has a nice even patina.
The design is such that the speed is enhanced, but it also serves as a dirt repository,
and it is a little gummed up right now and needs a lube to realize its full potential.
A rare brace not often seen.
Top Good + . . . . .$395.00 SOLD!
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