Millers Falls No. 33 Ratchet Brace (Early Production)

Last updated: 12 January 2016

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Millers Falls Barber Ratchet Brace Produced circa. 1880
No. 33 - 8 inch sweep
Barber chuck
Amidon spring-less jaws
Dolin ratchet device

The Barber Ratchet Brace (and its Improved iteration) was produced by the Millers Falls Company from 1874 until 1955. It's production longevity and popularity is testament to its excellent design, elegant appearance, simplicity of operation and reliability.

The early production braces - like the one depicted here - were noteworthy for the quality and excellence of their fit and finish. Only the finest materials were employed: best quality steel and exotic wood such as Brazilian rosewood and Lignum vitae - metal components were highly polished (as was the wood) and plated with thick nickel.


CONFIGURATION & FEATURES

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Brazilian rosewood wrist handle

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Lignum Vitae head

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Lignum Vitae head decorative beading edge

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Barber chuck with William P. Dolin's ratchet device

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Amidon spring-less chuck jaws
(closed)

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Amidon spring-less chuck jaws
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MARKINGS & STAMPINGS
around chuck shell circumference
PAT'D JAN. 14 1868 XXXXX  MILLERS  FALLS  CO. (Charles Amidon's improved jaws patent)
PAT'D JAN. 17 1871 XXXXX MILLERS FALLS MASS. (William P. Dolin's ratchet device patent)
As follows:

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No. 33 - stamping on lower sweep arm


This brace was produced in the following sweep sizes:

An 'A' suffix following the model number indicated a steel clad, ball bearing head (1912-1935).

For a comprehensive history relating to the development and production of this brace visit Randy Roeder's excellent web pages: Millers Falls Featured Braces and Millers Falls Braces Unnumbered through 44 which are part of his encyclopedic Millers Falls Study site.

The Millers Falls Company page of the Sydnas Sloot 'A COLLECTION OF BIT BRACES' web site contains some excellent information relating to these early 30 series Ratchet Braces


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