North Bros. Mfg. Co. "Yankee" No. 1530/1530A Ratchet Hand Drill

Last updated: 12 August 2016

This Hand Drill, which was introduced in 1912, was highly regarded by many wood workers who particularly liked its small size, smooth action and ingenious multi-choice ratchet mechanism. I have often used these hand drills for close-quarter work where restricted space available makes the selective ratchet mechanism a very useful feature indeed.

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Multi-choice ratchet mechanism


NORTH BROS. MFG. CO. "YANKEE" No. 1530 Hand Drill

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No. 1530 stamping on ratchet mechanism

"YANKEE"
No. 1530
NORTH BROS. MFG. CO.
PHILA. PA. U.S.A.
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PAT NOV. 2-97 JULY 28-08
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NOV. 2-09 JAN. 24-11
MAR. 19-12 MAY 21-12

Note: Evidently there were a variety of stamping forms (sometimes with differing fonts) and patent citations used from time to time (courtesy of Tom Cap).

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No. 1530 stamping on handle ferrule
PAT. APR. 15-13


"YANKEE"
No. 1530A
NORTH BROS. MFG. CO.
PHILA. PA. U.S.A.

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"cranberry" lacquered handle and knob

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ratchet mechanism

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"YANKEE" decal


Other differences between N0. 1530 and No. 1530A models

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1530 (top) 1530A (bottom)

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1530 (top) 1530A (bottom)

The "Means for attaching handles to tools: Bit storage handle for the North Bros. (e.g. 1530 & 1431) eggbeater drills" design was a joint undertaking by Thomas J. Fegley & George O. Leopold who assigned the resultant US Patent: 1,059,132 (accompanied by an exploded drawing) granted: Apr. 15, 1913, to North Bros. Mfg. Co.

I have not been able to determine when the 1530A was introduced, but based on period magazine ads. I think it must have been between 1937 and 1946(?)


Stanley Tools acquired North Bros. Mfg. Co. in 1946 and all "YANKEE" tools were subsequently stamped with the Stanley name.


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