Wards Master Push Drill Pistol Grip Wood Handle Rare!
This is a rarely seen push drill with a hollow pistol grip shaped hardwood handle that has a spring loaded flip cap, and a tube area inside the handle for drill point storage. There is 7 different drill bits or points included, the 1/16" size is missing, all in good working order, sharp and ready to use. The shank is marked "WARDS MASTER QUALITY PAT. PENDING". The shank end on these is shaped like a +, to fit the matching shaped jaws on the thread screw type chuck. The drill points are of the Millers Falls and Goodell-Pratt type, and most likely, this tool was made by one or the other company for Montgomery Wards retail stores. The drive system works like the well known Yankee brand push drills, you push in on the work piece, and the drill bit turns clockwise, then release that same pressure, and it spring back into the original position. The handle is solid, no cracks, fits tightly to the main shaft, and has a good working flip latch. We note some scratch and wear on the handle, and it appears to be made of fruit wood. The metal is nickel plated, and about 1/2 is still intact, with some brass showing through in some places. The drill measures 10.5" long overall, and has about 2" of travel on the spiral system. A very rare push drill, the first we have seen with the wood handle, others were made later, but had a plastic handle. Nice!