Datamp.org Patents http://www.datamp.org/ Recently added patents en-us CA Patent: 2,120 http://www.datamp.org/patents/displayPatent.php?id=52303&pn=2,120 Rein-holder Patentee: Leonard D. Howard - St. Johnsbury VT Granted:1873-03-01

"Constructed of brass or other metal and attached to the dasher of a carriage. It consists of a pair of serrated jaws pivoted to a plate and geared together so as to operate in unison and combined with springs which cause them to grip the reins." Patent term was 5 years.
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US Patent: 91,068 http://www.datamp.org/patents/displayPatent.php?id=12914&pn=91,068 Improved vise Patentee: Quimby S. Backus - Winchendon MA Granted:1869-06-08
Manufactured by Millers Falls Co. - Millers Falls MA

"The nature of my invention consists in the construction of a vise, which can be secured to the table or bench in any desired position..." See the writeup on Backus accompanying patent 132,791.
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US Patent: 2,618,994 http://www.datamp.org/patents/displayPatent.php?id=52264&pn=2,618,994 Shot Splitting Pliers Patentee: Henry G. Frazee - Grand Rapids MI Granted:1952-11-25

These pliers would split shot for fishing line sinkers, and clamp the shot on the line. It is hard to imagine sufficient demand for this feature to warrant gearing up for manufacture, but one never knows. The specification note patent numbers 285,910, 675,058, 753,456, 1,290,331, 1,300,495, and 1,389,584 as relevant prior art.
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US Patent: D53,658 http://www.datamp.org/patents/displayPatent.php?id=28387&pn=D53,658 Combination Tool Patentee: Joseph J. Holsen - Manitowoc WI Granted:1919-07-29

A household combination tool that includes wrench, can opener, corkscrew, screwdriver, pot lifter, etc. The central handle and working ends are metal stampings. Holsen was issued Utility Patent 1,453,979 for this tools 4 years later.
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US Patent: 1,299,510 http://www.datamp.org/patents/displayPatent.php?id=15644&pn=1,299,510 Wrench Patentee: Robert A. Rosander - Brooklyn NY Granted:1919-04-08
Manufactured by Romaro Machine and Tool Corp. - Brooklyn NY
Assigned to Romaro Machine and Tool Corp. - New York NY

The rotating collar has a slot running its width which allows the dog engaging the fine rack teeth on the shank to release. Then the movable jaw is free to slide. The working faces are shaped to adjust to square and hex nuts and the interior of recessed face drain plugs. The manufacturer is noted in Ken Cope's "American Wrench Makers 1830-1930;" the STAFF wrench appears in "new product" announcements in early 1920.
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