Item B1 - Amidon & White (Buffalo)  Corner Brace

Charles Amidon (he a Millers Falls founder) and Ansley White formed a company (Amidon & White) in Buffalo, NY that made braces between 1883 and 1887.  One of the braces (a non-ratcheting corner brace) utilized a patent awarded to Amidon on April 13, 1884, that involved the design of a universal joint to transmit the rotational force of the wrist handle at an angle of about 30 degrees to the vertical shaft of the brace.  The drawings of the patent marked on the chuck shell correspond exactly to the universal joint of this brace.  It carries a Pearson rating of B for rarity, and is the first example of this patent that Ive owned.  The brace also features a chuck having small jaws that are permanently pinned inside the chuck with wire in a manner that looks difficult to maintain or repair.  The brace is in very nice condition, but for some light surface rust, and some peeling of the nickel plating.  Id say that 60 percent of the original nickel is present.  It is an unusual patent brace, worthy of a collection.  Of course, it could also be used.  Good+.


Price -  $55.00

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