BEARD, A. MICHAEL
Location: Cabool, AR
Patent #: 875493
Type: Quick acting brace chuck
Date: December 21,1907
Rarity: NS
Note: Thought to be either BEARD or BOLEN of Springfield, MA Pat. #360650
Brace is made by Consolidated Tool Works. NY.

SMITH, Henry V.
Location: Hartford, CT
Patent #: 501110
Type: Tool holder
Date: July 11,1893
Rarity: A
Notes: Gardiner Holt. HOLT MFG. Co. HARTFORD, CONN

Enders, William
Location: Walden, NY
Patent #:
Type: Bit brace. 6” throw
Date:
Notes: Started in business with Simmons Hardware. He started a product line trade name “Oak Leaf”. This product line began as “Simmons Oak Leaf”. Later Enders began marketing the brand as Enders Oak Leaf. Enders left Simmons and began manufacturing items under the Enders brand name, as Wm. Elders Manufacturing Company.

MURDOCH, W. B.
Location:
Patent # 1784380
Type: Bit or drill holder
Date: Dec. 9, 1930
Notes: Trademarked Keen Kutter under the E.C. Simmons hardware marketing firm’s log

BERGMAN, JEROME, E.
Location: Buffalo, NY
Patent #:
Type: Corner brace (one example has plain jaws, the other alligator)
Date: approx. 1918
Notes: In 1918, Bergman is listed as a manufacturer of boring tools, tool handles (file) and pipe wrenches (Queen City Improved).

TAYLOR, J.
Location: New London, CT. & Hebron, CT
Patent #: 5115
Type: Bit stock
Date: June 30, 1836
Rarity: FF
Notes: The top brace is marked “J TAYLORS PATENT” and “WILSON”
There is a number 34 on the chuck.
The bottom brace is unmarked. Note, there are many variations in Taylor braces.

SPOFFORD, NELSON N.
Location: Haverhill, MA
Patent #: 225768
Type: Bit brace
Date: March 23, 1880
Rarity: A

SPOFFORD, NELSON N.
Location: Haverhill, MA
Patent #: 25984
Type: Bitstock with clam style chuck
Date: November 1, 1859
Rarity: FF
Notes: On brace frame “JOHN S FRAY & CO” opposite side “BRIDGEPORT CONN No 110”

Spofford/Fray/ Stanley?
Top is 5” sweep and the bottom is 4” sweep. The 4” sweep I strongly suspect may have been re-bent to this size by an owner.   The bands look as though they have been repaired using copper wire then pewter or solder to complete same.

BATHOLOMEW, H.S.
Location: Bristol, CT
Patent #: 65046
Type: Bit stock
Date: May 28, 1867
Rarity: B

CUTTS, CHARLES D.
Location: Fairfield, ME
Patent #: 538323
Type: Bit brace and hand drill (chain brace)
Date: April 30, 1895
Rarity: B

IVES, WILLIAM A.
Location: Wallingford,  CONN
Patent #:  Pat applied for. (not found)
Type: Ratchet mechcanism/construction
Date:
Notes: Stamped on both sides of the brace  “KEYSTONE, THE W.A.IVES MFG CO., WALLINGFORD CONN. U.S.A.” 10” SWEEP
Other examples of this brace have the following stamped on them “ PAT APPLIED FOR.  ALLEN & CO NEW HAVEN CONN USA”