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New Jersey Tools
by Greg Welsh
I could not find any information in either of Alex Farnham’s books on New Jersey tools nor in Ron Pearson’s Patented brace book, which goes only till 1924. Maybe this brace was manufactured after that time. The above brace has a couple of innovations that are pretty neat. First, there is a shaft that can be extended from the openwork frame to lengthen the reach of the bit. Second, the crank handle can be adjusted via a detent release for greater leverage as required. Both wooden handles can be removed, and the earlier version of this brace had the top handle as part of the casting these tools are marked RUSBY PAT. NEWARK N.J. as cast.
Origonally Published Janurary 2005