Antique & Vintage Hand Drills / Breast Drills
Yankee Screwdrivers / Auger Bit Sets / Etc.
Ruger Drills / Tools Before
Bill Ruger joined up with Alexander Strum and became famous for the line of guns
they produced, Bill Ruger tried to keep his company afloat by creating a business
around making drills & tools. He had been in the gun making
business prior to this endeavor but was having problems. The tool making
business did not go very well for Ruger either and he produced them for just a few
short years in the late 1940s. All are hard to find. All are desirable.
All of these examples are in pretty nice condition.
The overall condition of each
tool is very good noting
the typical paint loss. Will clean to be nicer and carefully repainted
these drills / tools would look awesome. An instant collection. Offered as a lot, or individually below.
Egg Beater Drill Bill Ruger only made this
design drill for a short period, but each of these has subtle differences.
The pics show the differences. The bottom one is missing its end cap.
The middle one is blued and appears to have never been painted with the
typical red paint Bill Ruger used. Restored? I am no expert and do not know all the fine points, but this one sure looks right, and great.
The paint on the top
one is so bright I am going to go out on a limb here and say it was redone.
2 Seymour Smith
No. 2310 10" Bit Braces in Display Box - NOSAfter
Bill Ruger moved on from his short lived foray into the tool / drill
production arena, Seymour
Smith produced their 2310 brace as part of their own line using Ruger's
design / patent ideas.
The cardboard display box measures 15" x 8" x 9". The
display box has some moisture warp issues but is still sturdy and
will be an excellent display. Both bit braces are new old stock and in great shape.
It is a great design and very smooth working ratchet system. Note the
condition of the name stamps on the end of the
pads. Top of the line.
Artisan 2310 12" Bit BraceThis sale is for the 12" ARTISAN Bit Brace pictured.
Artisan and Seymour Smith braces are near identical to Ruger marked versions of bit braces and there are connections. Ruger, the famous gun maker,
produced the 1010 Bit Brace. Was there a direct connection, or did Seymour Smith buy the rights after
Ruger changed back to gun making after their short foray in to tool making.
That info is out there. There is a lot of info on the internet about the connection between Ruger braces,
Artisan and Seymour - Smith including who made what, when, and for who.
# 2101A 10" Bell System B Bit Brace
The 2101 is considered by many to be the finest brace made. This example is
very nice with nearly all its plating and showing little signs of use.
Very very nice.
This brace sat unused for many years, and as is typical the
green grease inside had hardened and gummed up the works. Thanks to the step
by step instructions found on Georges Basement Tool website I was able to
disassemble, clean, and re assemble it in a reasonable amount of time. All was good inside.
operates flawlessly and will last another lifetime.
Millers Falls # 77 Hand Drill Millers Falls offered a number of different model hand drills. The 77 is a small light duty
single speed hand drill. This example has seen lite use and is in excellent condition. The 3 jaw chuck is fine. Runs smooth and handle is tight to the frame.
Falls # 2 Hand Drill Millers Falls offered a number of different model hand drills. The
# 2 is considered by many to be the finest hand drill ever offered.
Collectors and users are especially interested in this early version with
Rosewood handle and the crank gear guide to keep it running tight and
straight. This one comes with the original bits seen. Light wear.
Chuck is fine. Side handle present. Very Nice!
Patented May 25
1886 Davis Bit Brace
I see one patent date on the small ratchet knob. It is
marked Davison the brass chuck. That patent
was granted to a John Bolen.
The condition is very nice with minor nickel losses and some rusty
spots. The ratchet works and the chuck is pretty nice. This
would clean up to be much nicer.