Davis Auger Bit Brace 8 Inch Davis Rule & Level Rare!
This is a nice clean hand brace, and it has a 8" sweep. It is marked "MFG'D BY THE DAVIS RULE & LEVEL CO. SPRINGFIELD MASS. PAT. OCT. 18.1884" on the chuck sleeve. The chuck is in good condition with nice heavy duty double jaw inserts, in good condition, the knurled part of the chuck or the chuck sleeve is brass and has some dings but fairly nice shape overall. The head is hardware is brass, capped with a nice threaded rosewood handle. The condition is good+ overall, with some little wear overall, some wear, and one small chip off rosewood head handle, (I am not sure what wood material the sweep handle is, but I think it is ebony), I have not seen this style swing handle by any other maker. Overall this brace is in really good working condition, a very good hard to find model with the Davis name on it. A quality made brace, still in great shape, nice looking too!