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Vintage Handcrank Ratchet Brace Drill

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Title

Vintage Handcrank Ratchet Brace Drill

Description

A ratchet brace drill is a hand-tool used to drill holes or nails into wood.

While a brace was an efficient tool when the crank could be swept in a full circle, it became much less useful if something obstructed a full sweep. The invention of a ratcheting mechanism solved the problem. William P. Dolan was issued a patent in 1871 that became the basis for most ratcheting braces, in which the sweep could be swung back and forth, turning the bit in only one direction.

Identifier

2023.59

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Materials

Steel, wood; 14"L.

Condition

Fair.

Storage

AB109
SU6-1