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Jacob

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I picked up a interesting brace this afternoon at a local antique shop. It is an all metal brace with no markings I can see with a quick inspection, except for a 12 cast into the breast pad which I assume refers to it being a 12" brace. I realize the " Hex Nut & Bolt " are not correct for securing an augar; but what do I need to be correct? Can anyone give me a little insight as to just what I spent $5.00 hard earned on? Thanks for any help!!!!!

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Glen

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That is a Spofford chuck brace. I can't say who made it. Iirc, that was normally a thumbscrew that held the auger in.

Judging by the pad and the swell for the hand grip I believe that is what people call a "Scotch" brace. Early in iron/steel brace terms. Others might correct me but I think 1860s to 1880s at latest.

Cool find.
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Thanks Glen!!!! I have done a little searching an have found a lot of info on the Stafford brace with pictures that confirm that is what I have. I also see that there is suppose to be a thumb screw that threads into the chuck that I am missing. As well the threaded hole in the chuck has stripped out. Searching for a solution for that problem, have a couple of ideas in mind, will have to mull things over for a while. Chucked up an 1" augar and gave her a whirl, works great.
 After a clean up no signs of any markings so what it is, [confused]
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I have one like that,and it has Fray@Pigg engraved on it.  Mine is missing the thumb screw also.
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After looking through several pictures of different but similar braces wonder just how to go about my problem I feel I have come up with a satisfactory solution[smile] After going through my stash of odds & sods and coming up with a vintage 3/8" wing nut and a 3/8" carriage bolt with a square shoulder that just fit snug in the chuck hole a light bulb went off and I was away. Certainly not original but I did not want to alter the chuck in any way. Looks good to me and works as good as the original I am sure[thumb]

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Use that thing!
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bartjns

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I think I'll use your idea of bolt and wing nut in mine. your's looks good and still has that vintage look to it. 
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