John Fray Carpenters Brace 14 inch Swing No. 144 Ratchet Brace
This is a very nice clean 14" sweep late 1800's period, carpenter's ratchet auger bit brace in very good overall condition. It is marked "NO. 144" on the arm nearest the head. This is the larger than average sweep size, 14" (average is the 10" sweep), in very good working order, and looks great too! The chuck is also clean with very little wear. This size brace would be a good choice for auger bit drilling over 1" in diameter. This model has the very nice cocobolo head and swing handle, both wood handles are solid and in nice looking condition also, the swing handle has very nice original pewter ring inserts. There is some pitting noted on the arms some places a bit more than others, but mostly covering the entire bare metal surfaces equally. The chuck is the two threaded jaw inserts with a spring steel feature that spreads the jaw open while turning the threaded chuck sleeve to the open position (counterclockwise). The jaws are knotched to hold the square taper ended auger bits. All the threads and moving parts are fully functional on this old brace, only minor wear noted. A nicely made, innovative designed brace, by a well known maker! A very hard to find size! The 14" size is rather rare, we don't see very many of them.