Simmons Hardware 10 inch Brace Sure Grip Chuck
This is a nice, clean, late 1800's plain hand brace, and it has a 10" swing. It is marked "S. HDW. CO. SURE GRIP" on the chuck sleeve. I believe that "SURE GRIP" was used by Simmons Hardware Co. referring to the alligator type 2-piece jaws that were joined together by serrated teeth and a tapered pin toward the closed end. 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 alligator 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 some tiny dings and slightly pitted finish on it in places.
There is no rust on the brace, all moving parts have been cleaned and oil, ready to use. The wood is solid and is in nice shape, some dings and scratches and a few wood-grain separations, but very solid overall. The head turns smoothly, has ball bearing or precision bushing type spindle, and is capped with a good solid handle, (has two solid grain separations, holding strong) and the crank handle matches it very well and is in good condition and appearance. A quality made brace, still in great shape, nice looking too!