Reid Archimedean Screwdriver Drill w/bits 1880s

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This is a quality made spiral drive screwdriver that measures 26.50" long not including the removable driver tip. The main shaft is marked "A.H. REID PHIL'A PA  PAT'D DEC.12.1882". The shaft is nickel plated, with about 80% plating intact. There is some minor minor wear, but overall in good working order, the spiral movement is smooth (require occasional oiling).  The tip end wood appears to be rosewood or similar hardwood, and is in good condition with minor wear, no cracks, very few scratches. The push end knob appears to be rosewood also, this is the two piece split type as from the factory, pretty rare style, the inside ring turns, while the rounded outside end piece is firmly attached, and is very, very solid. All the wood parts are solid and well attached.  There is a few dings and small chipped off area on the thin rosewood part, not effecting use. The screwdriver tip has a little notch in the tapered area to help hold the tip in place while the spring loaded chuck pin is inserted. The chuck is in very good shape. I have used a small set of drills with this tool on occasion, and bits will work without the relieve for the chuck pin if the taper on the drill is small enough to go into the chuck. Without the relieve in other bits you may want to use, the bit may fall out, but the pin seems to hold it fairly well. The bits shown in the photos are included, one pipe reamer type countersink but, one taper spiral drill, and one screwdriver bit.  Overall a really nice 19th century tool!  Note:  Remember to oil the spiral with at least a few drops of oil per each use.

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Fastening & Adjusting Tools
Antiques (approx100yrs)
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