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Braces -  Another Type Study of Sorts
by George Langford

Overall - Pexto brace marked with May 17, 1892 patent date

The ratchet pawls have the originally fine serrations - not as fine as in the patent drawings, but easy on one's thumbs.
Original style ratchet pawl
Brace PEXTO-16 - P.S.&W.Co. No.1002

This ten-inch swing brace has none of its original nickel plating, but there is now a rich blue-black patina on the smooth steel and iron.  The Robert Ellrich patent ratchet housing has the patent date faintly stamped on it, and another Ellrich patent, for a different chuck, is stamped clearly on the bow.  The actual installed chuck is the Peck & Powers style instead.  The quill has ball bearings and is original and fully functional with a rosewood pad.  No apologies.
Here is that boldly stamped patent date of May 17, 1892, for Robert Ellrich's patent chuck, which isn't what's on this brace !
May 17, 1892 date for Robert Ellrich US Patent No.475,055
The Robert Ellrich patent date of February 19, 1884 for the chuck is stamped as shown at right on the upper reach of the bow, but missed the mark.
February 19, 1884 date for Robert Ellrich US Patent No.293,957
The rosewood wrist handle is in good condition.
Wrist handle
Chuck view
Pad view
Chuck open