ANTIQUE SHEFFIELD WOOD BRASS HAND DRILL BRACE BIT, TOOL

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 25,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

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Antique Dixon Hermitage Works Sheffield Brace

Awesome Mottled Wood Grain

You see a lot of these more common Sheffield braces that were produced from about 1820 to 1870 in England. What sets them apart from each other is often a unusual characteristic a given piece may have. The wood grain on this particular example is definitely a characteristic that sets it apart from the usual. The top knob is free spinning with no wobble, it does appear the brace was worked on as the original top knob filler was replaced with what appears to be a piece of leather to set it firmly in place. T is some shrink checking on the top knob. The side plates and chuck are cast brass, with no apparent damage other then 2 of the steel screws are corroded away, button catch functions perfectly. The chuck is marked though faintly, "Dixon Hermitage Works Sheffield." This is a larger heavy duty brace with probably a No. 44 or better chuck. These were used by craftsman who had a lot of wholes to bore, such as wheel wrights or furniture builders. It is 14" tall, with a 3 1/2" throw.
I did clean the wood with Formby's lemon and orange oil wood cleaner and conditioner. Also I applied 4 coats on Formby's tung oil and hand rubbed the wood between each coat. Beautiful display piece or use if one would choose to do so.

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