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US Patent: 260,359
Ratchet Drill
Charles E. Billings - Hartford, CT

USPTO Classifications:
192/43.1, 408/122

Tool Categories:
woodworking tools : hand drills


Billings & Spencer Co. - Hartford, CT

C. L. Burdett
Edwin F. Dimock
Theo. G. Ellis

Patent Dates:
Applied: Mar. 13, 1882
Granted: Jul. 04, 1882

Patent Pictures: [ 1 | 2 ]
Charles E. Billings patent July 4, 1882
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The handle has a double pawl, with a spring loaded sliding plunger in the handle behind it. The base of the pawl has three notches. Placing the sliding plunger in the center notch disengages the pawl. The outer notches are for forward or reverse ratchet action.

Advertised as "BILLINGS' DOUBLE-ACTING RATCHET DRILL." Billings & Spencer ratchet drills matching this patent are known, even though they were produced after the patent expired and bear no patent markings.

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