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US Patent: 44,067
Improved self-centering chuck
Edgar B. Beach - West Meriden, CT

USPTO Classifications:

Tool Categories:
woodworking tools : hand drills : drill chucks


Morse Twist Drill & Machine Co. - New Bedford, MA
Henry B. Beach - West Meriden, CT

Charles N. Hanay
John S. Clark

Patent Dates:
Granted: Sep. 06, 1864

Reissue Information:
Reissued as RE2,104 (Nov. 14, 1865)

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"Vintage Machinery" entry for Morse Twist Drill & Machine Co.
Awarded to Edward B. Beach for his renowned Beach Patent chuck. By description the chuck was intended for smaller lathe work, screw cutting and drilling. The three jaws travel up a sectional ramp providing self centering. The chuck was shown in the 1867 A.J. Wilkinson and Company hardware catalog and proclaimed "The most approved drill chuck in the market". The 1895 Chas Strelinger catalog states that "The Beach and Stetson Chucks are doubtless the finest chucks made, as regards perfection of fitting and accuracy." The self centering chuck was evidently well received for many years.

Coincidence is possible, but I would have to believe that this was in connection with Edgar B. Beach's patented chuck. I find little genealogy data that connects or even identifies the two Beaches. Although an Edgar Beach is listed twice in the 1860 Federal Census in Meriden, the 1860-61 New Haven county directory does not list him. The 1873-74 Meriden directory does list Edgar as a machinist living at 38 Crown Street in Meriden. Henry B. is located at 208 State St. His employment was noted as traveling agent (salesman).

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