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US Patent: 148,656
Devices for Ringing Swine
Patentee:
Elias Blair - Bucyrus, OH

USPTO Classifications:
7/125, 72/409.02, 81/13, 99/581

Tool Categories:
pliers : hog ring

Assignees:
None

Manufacturer:
Elias Blair - Bucyrus, OH

Witnesses:
Robert Everett
George E. Upham
S. McCrony
B. H. Blair

Patent Dates:
Applied: Feb. 07, 1874
Granted: Mar. 17, 1874

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Elias Blair patent March 17, 1874
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Description:
"The object of my invention is construct an instrument ... which will insert large and small rings, and which will also serve as a nut-cracker and a cork-compressor.."

The grooves in the jaws are for hog rings; the teeth are to hold nuts.

Blair's Ringers and Rings were still shown in hardware wholesale catalogs in the mid-20th Century. See patent no. 156,125 for a different Blair hog ring pliers & the ring.

An 1881 "History of Crawford County" noted Blair was producing 60,000 hog rings per day.

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