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US Patent: 127
Mode of constructing bench and other vises
Patentee:
Linus Dean - Utica, NY

USPTO Classifications:
116/172, 269/200, 269/212, 294/103.1

Tool Categories:
work holding : vises : bench vises

Assignees:
None

Manufacturer:
Morris Wilcox - Norwalk, OH

Witnesses:
James Dean
Ira Chase

Patent Dates:
Granted: Feb. 16, 1837

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Description:
The hand behind the movable jaw can be lifted up and the jaw slid into approximate position. The handle is lowered so that the rim of the attached spiral wheel engages with the rack that is on top of the bar, and then the handle is rotated to push the jaw snug. According to the Journal of the Franklin Institute, "When we first examined the description and drawing of this vice, we (had) the idea that the mode of opening and closing it would prove inconvenient... but we have since seen and carefully examined a number of them with much satisfaction. The spiral wheel operates not only well, but pleasantly. The extent to which the jaws may be separated is very great, and in all situations they preserve their parallelism, the convenience of which is at once apparent. By raising the spiral wheel the sliding jaw may be slid along, and much time in opening and closing thus saved."

From the 1837-11-14 Huron Reflector: "SOMETHING NEW, AND Valuable for Mechanics. Subscriber is the owner of the right of this State, of the valuable improvement in Bench and other Vises, patented to Linus Dean, of New York, in February last; and is now Manufacturing them in this county, of a variety of sizes and forms, to accommodate all kinds of Mechanics, and also banks, and all other office presses, where a seal is used. Said Vises may at all times be seen at the Post Office, and at the Store of Hon. T. Baker, in Norwalk, where all necessary information may be had in relation thereto. Puffing is not necessary; they tell their own story! MORRIS WILCOX. Norwalk, July 18, 1837."

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