E. C. Simmons Brace 10 inch KP 10
This is a nice, clean, late 1800's plain hand brace, and it has a 10" swing. It is marked "KP 10" on the steel beam. I can find no other markings on this brace, so the KP 10 mark used by Simmons Hardware Co. abreviation for K KEEN KUTTER and P PLAIN (no ratchet system). Simmons Hardware was a tool distributor, this brace was most likely made by PECK, STOW, & WILCOX CO. for E. C. SIMMONS Hardware Co.. This model has the two piece aligator tooth type jaws in the chuck and the main chuck is solid mounted to the swing arm beam, the knurled part of the exterior chuck is called the sleeve and turns to open and close the jaws. The chuck works great, the internal parts are clean and oiled, good threads, however, like the rest of the brace the exterior has somewhat a pitted finish on it, pretty much equally over most of the exterior steel parts. There is no rust on the brace, all moving parts have been clean and oil, ready to use. The wood is Cocobolo and is in nice shape, minor dings and scratches only. The head turns smoothly, has ball bearing spindle, and is capped with a very nice cocobolo handle, and the crank handle matches it very well in condition and appearance. A quality made brace, still in great shape, nice looking too!