Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, 1875-1885

c. 1880

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Wood brace, late 18th century, English, with latch chuck operated by button, but without drill c 1880.
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Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, unsigned, England, 1875-1885. This is an early example of the brace which replaced the bow drill because it is easier to manipulate than the bow and there is no idle return movement. The speed of rotation is slower but the turning force (moment) is greater and a different form of bit (drill piece) taking a heavier cut was used. This is fitted with a button type of chuck used from the latter half of the 18th Century. However, the style features in 20th Century tool catalogues.

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Hand and Machine Tools
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brass and wood
hand drill
Reid, J.

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