RATCHET SCRWDRIVER BOXED SET
WITH BOX AND 6 BITS
ELLRICH HARDWARE MFG. CO.
RARE!!!! RARE!!!! RARE!!!!
Description: Offered is an example of a rare Ellrich patent ratchet screwdriver set with box and good label. This set was sold by the Ellrich Hardware Mfg. Co. of Plantsville, Conn. Rosewood handle. Flip-out ears change the mechanical for LH, RH or locked. Spring-loaded release button for interchangeable blades.
Six blades are included. The two largest sizes at the top of the box are correct. The two smaller sizes in the box are not correct for this driver and do not have the notch to lock in place. I am including two extra, correct Ellrich blades which are duplicates of the next-to-largest size in the box (1/2"). These could be re-sized to be correct for the two smaller incorrect blades.
The the paper label in the lid is in quite good shape.
The handle thickness seems a little thick for the box so the box lid lacks about 1/32" inch of closing completely.
Size: handle only length - 7"
A sample listing from a Sargent & Co. 1888 cata log is included for reference.
Patent info: R. C. Ellrich of Plantsville, CT was granted patent # 293957 on Feb. 19, 1884 for the ratchet mechanism incorporated in this driver. The actual design of the pawls on the tool varies considerably from the patent specification. The patent is
Condition: Good; normal wear, metal parts have no rust or pitting; 2 incorrect bits as noted above. Rosewood hand in extremely fine shape --- no chips, no cracks, no dings, no pounding.
Box: normal wear; label good --- over-all fading, very slight staining in 2 areas at right side, slight flaking or abrasions at left side (from edges of bit tangs?); lid snap-latch not broken as are many. Abrasions and dings to top and sides of box.
Two extra correct/proper blades - could be re-sized for 2 incorrect smaller sizes
Sargent & Co. 1888
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