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US Patent: 35,971
Improvement in Wrenches
Pipe Wrench
Patentee:
J. H. Doolittle - Derby, CT

USPTO Classifications:
81/120

Tool Categories:
wrenches : pipe wrenches
wrenches : alligator wrenches

Assignees:
Franklin Farrel - Ansonia, CT
J. H. Doolittle - Derby, CT

Manufacturer:
Not known to have been produced

Witnesses:
George Bristol
J. Kellingbeck

Patent Dates:
Applied: Apr. 21, 1862
Granted: Jul. 22, 1862

Patent Pictures:
J. H. Doolittle Pat. July 22 ,1862
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Description:
The patent covers the concept of a wedge-shaped jaw pair (the angle less than 90 degrees), with one face roughened or serrated to enable it to grip pipe or round objects. This is the earliest patent for what commonly became known as the alligator wrench.

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