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US Patent: 172,649
Improvement in Pipe-Tongs
Albert A. Pease - New Haven, CT

USPTO Classifications:
81/129, 81/394

Tool Categories:
wrenches : pipe wrenches : pipe tongs


Billings & Spencer Co. - Hartford, CT

John E. Earle
Clara Broughton
J. H. Shumway

Patent Dates:
Applied: Nov. 16, 1875
Granted: Jan. 25, 1876

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Albert A. Pease patent January 25, 1876
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The central idea of the the patent is multiple pivot points for tongs, with each handle having similar jaws. The patent was realized as multiple pivot point pliers -- "Pease's Combination Pliers" -- in the 1880s. Pease received another patent for adjustable-pivot tools on January 10, 1882 (pat. no. 252,248). The current patent is also cited together with H.S. Pullman's Mar. 25, 1884 pat. (no. 295,885) on Billings & Spencer pliers marketed early in the 20th Century.

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