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US Patent: 87,531
Improvement in Wrench for Bit-Brace
Lightning Reverse Felly Wrench
Patentee:
Darius Wilcox - Ansonia, CT

USPTO Classifications:
81/57.3

Tool Categories:
wrenches : tire bolt wrenches
trade specific : wheelwright

Assignees:
Edward A. Johnson - Ansonia, CT
Darius Wilcox - Ansonia, CT

Manufacturer:
Wiley & Russell Manufacturing Co. - Greenfield, MA

Witnesses:
A. J. Tibbits
J. H. Shumway

Patent Dates:
Granted: Mar. 02, 1869

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Darius Wilcox patent March 2, 1869
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Description:
A socket wrench connected by gears to a shank designed to be driven by a bit-brace. The intended use is to tighten the nuts on small bolts holding iron tires on buggy, carriage and wagon wheels. The exposed gear version shown in the patent is known; most extant examples are a later version with the gears enclosed.

See also L. C. Wiley's Feb. 8, 1898 patent (no. 598,831).

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