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PEXTO Braces -  Another Type Study of Sorts
by George Langford

Overall view

Brace PEXTO-08 - P.S.&W.Co. No.1202
Price: $25.00 plus shipping.

Almost none of the nickel plating remains, but the steel surface has a pleasant, smooth patina with a few shallow pits. The pad is lignum vitae; the wrist handle is rosewood. 

This brace is all original and fully functional, but it is somewhat worn, particularly the jaws, which were used on some about 3/8 to 1/2 inch straight-shanked bits for serious drilling.  Maybe the seven notches in the pad marked the successes of making those holes ...

July 9, 1895 patent date on shell of chuck
The July 9, 1895 patent date clearly stamped on the shell of the chuck is shown at left .  The ball bearings and the affixing screw are originals.

The fairly legible P.S.&W.Co. trademark stamped on bow:

P.S.&W.Co. No.1202 trademark
The wrist handle is shown below.  It has no the adjustment mechanism for perfecting the clearance between the handle and the cylindrical ferrules.
Wrist handle - no screws
The jaw spring  follows the drawings of the patent granted to Pardon Whitney and Robert Ellrich on May 29, 1906.
Chuck view
Pad view
Chuck off