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Braces -  Another Type Study of Sorts
by George Langford

Overall view of PEXTO No.1103 brace

The 1103 model number & P.S.&W.Co. trademark are stamped fairly legibly in the bow near the chuck:
P.S.&W.Co. No.1103

Although early PEXTO braces all had lignum vitae pads, this one's excellent pad is rosewood as seen at the center below:

Brace PEXTO-14 - P.S.&W.Co. No.1103

Price: SOLD.

This eight-inch swing brace has none of its original nickel plating, but there is now a rich brown patina on the smooth steel and iron.  The Ellrich patent ratchet housing has the patent date faintly stamped on it, and although the Peck & Powers chuck doesn't, the chuck has the retention screw that PEXTO added to prevent loss of the jaws.  The pad's ball bearings are original and fully functional.  No apologies.

Here is that faintly stamped patent date of February 19, 1884.  As the wrist handle's
Feb. 19, 1884 Ellrich patent date
patent was dated June 11, 1901, this brace was one of a very few made during the four months' overlap between the expiration of one patent and
June 11, 1901 date of George Allen's patent

 the inception of the other.

The two-piece rosewood wrist handle assembles in George Allen's complex, patented mechanism as do only a few PEXTO braces and is in good condition as well.
Allen patent wrist - detail
Allen patent wrist handle apart
Chuck view
Pad view
Chuck apart