Goodell-Pratt Spiral Screwdriver Reverseable
This is a very rare tool manufactured in the 1908-20's era in Greenfield Mass! This is the improved model from the original 1890 patented model, featuring ratchet movement in both directions in both the closed and opened spiral positions. Controlled by a selector switch on the larger main shaft. This slot bit screwdriver is 15.8" long fully extended, 10" long closed and locked in a stationary position, without the bit in the chuck. This one is in very good useable condition, with one 1/4" wide slot bit included. This one is not marked by the maker, but we have had other exactly like this model that were marked "GOODELL-PRATT CO. TOOLSMITHS GREENFIELD MASS. U.S.A.. Some have also been marked "PATENT MAY.12.1908". Goodell Bros., the original patent holder, became Goodell-Pratt Co. in 1899. This is a unique design with a good solid wood handle, that has some wear, dings on the butt end mostly and some scratches noted, but still looks nice. The ratchet and spiral features are in nice shape, very little wear, smooth operation. The bit is removable, held in place very tightly with a good collet type screw chuck. The nickel plating is about 80% intact overall, a few minor dings and scratches, but very well made and solid. Overall a very nice clean tool. One of the first we have seen of this type, without the maker's mark on it, and in this nice of condition! Rare!