Patented and Distinctive Bit Braces & Augers, a Research Study
by
George Langford, Sc.D.
Updated December 17, 2016
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William Peck
d.b.a. Fulton

William A. Peck received three consecutive patents in March, 1906 and proceeded to apply two of them to various degrees in braces sold under the Fulton and Pheonix Hardware trade names, neither of which is mentioned in the Directory of American Toolmakers.  They have distinctively bloated pads because of the ball bearing housed within and easily recognizable, unique chuck jaws,; but no example of a Peck patent ratchet mechanism has yet appeared, in spite of Sandy Moss's description of another Phoenix Hdw. brace.

Inventor/Maker
Representative Images
(can be enlarged)
Examples
found by GB

Patents
Patent Dates
Directory of American
Toolmakers: active years

William Peck/
Fulton
Chuck apart
57
814,318
814,320
March 6, 1906
March 6, 1906
A third patent, 814,319, isn't represented here.
William Peck/
Phoenix Hdw.
Pad construction
Pheonix Hdw.
same
same
Not in DAT
William Peck/
Fulton
Head construction
Fulton
same
same
Not in DAT