Great Expectations Antiques

Circa: 1930's-50's
Condition: Good++
Manufacturer: Millers Falls Millers Falls Mass. U.S.A.
This is a nice clean ratchet bit brace with hardwood handles. It is marked "MILLERS FALLS CO. MADE IN U.S.A. 732-10IN" on the steel handle shaft and on the chuck. It measures 14.8" long overall and has a 10" swing. No rust, no dings but some has a thick clear finish on the wood that has chipped off in some area, the hardwood under the clear finish is very good, plus, all the features are in very good working order. A very nice auger bit brace, with good solid handles that have minimal wear. Well cared for over the years!
You may wonder why Millers Falls offered so many different brace models over the years...In part because of the various chuck patents they offered, like this brace has one of the nicest designed and manufacture jaws inside the chuck, the way the inner springs are integrated is very nice. I believe that these jaws are considered to be "HOLDALL" but this brace is not marked with the HOLDALL brand. The HOLDALL chucks can chuck either the straight shank or the tapered square shank drill bits. This one will chuck straight shank bits over about 1/4" correctly, works good!

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