John S. Fray & Co. Brace No. 11 Rosewood!
This is a good old (from the early 1900's era) brace made by John S. Fray & Co. but is only marked on one side "No. 11". The number 11 designation is due to the fact that the distance between the swing handle center-line and the head handle center-line is 5.50" x 2 = 11" diameter swing. Most braces from this era were either 10" or 12" swing braces, so the 11" size is rather rare. The Fray name is most likely on this brace, but very small lettering was used and I don't see the name. It features the rosewood head and swing handle, the handle. It has the simplistic non-spring loaded 2-jaw type chuck with no ratchet system on this model. We note that there is a few dings at the end of the chuck sleeve, but these don't effect use. It has a darkened finish on the bare steel, but looks good, not beat up, the handles look good as well with only a few rubs and dings of any size worth mentioning. The brace head and handle turn freely. This brace has a nice feel (not all wobblily or bent), clean, and looks good too!