Reid Lightning Brace Screwdriver Drill Pat. 1888
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This is a quality made spiral driver screwdriver/drill that measures 26.25" long full extended, not including the removable reamer tip. The main body shaft is marked "A.H. REID PHIL'A PA PAT'D DEC. 12 1888". The shaft is nickel plated, with about 85% plating intact, some scratches at the ends of the main shaft mostly, still shiny. The tip end has a 2 pc. handle the inner part of the handle spins freely as it should, the wood appears to be a rosewood or cocobolo, all in good condition with minor wear on the stain, no cracks, very few minor scratches. This is the two piece split type as from the factory, the inside section turns freely, while the rounded outside end piece is firmly attached, and is very, very solid. The purpose of the free turning part of the 2 pc. handle is for when you are pulling that end back, it doesn't cause friction in your hand. So, the wood section down by the screwdriver tip is also free spinning for the same reason. All the wood if well attached, in very good working order, no damage or cracks, no repairs. Some old tools catalogs refer the this tool with different names, some call it “REID AUTOMATIC SCREWDRIVER”, others “REID’S LIGHTNING BRACE” but overall I have experienced that it is great for driving threaded screws into tapped holes quick, and even driving wood screws into pre-drilled holes quickly, but the instructions from the manufacturer that I have found states that this tool is not for tightening screws, or unloosening tight screws, a standard screwdriver should be used for tightening, since this tool doesn’t have enough torque. Included is one pipe reamer tip, which is another operation this tools works good for. This brace is designed to accept the tapered square end drivers and small size drill bits, like those for many other antique braces of it’s era. This one comes with only one tip, the chuck in the brace has a spring clip that presses a chuck pin downward, and the pin sets pressure to the bit while in the chuck, to better hold it in place, as original, works fine. The included tip is removable, fits good. The chuck, and pipe reamer tip is in very good shape. The reamer tip is marked “BUCK BROS.” on it. The spiral section is very clean, with very little wear, no damage works smoothly. Overall a really nice, rare 19th century tool!
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- A. H. Reid Philadelphia PA U.S.A.
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