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HALE - - 11" wood handled with eight point socket and hammer head. H & S CO NY - - 12" wood handled with eight point socket. Probably made to Carl Lang's (of Chicago, ILL.) patent of Nov 28, 1905.
SCHAFF - - 10.5:" wood handled with eight point socket and hammer head. Marked with mfg name but can't read, probably the oldest of the piano wrenches listed here. HALE TUNING HAMMER PAT OCT 3O, 1906 - 2 - - 12.5" wood handled with eight point socket, hammer head and telescoping shaft. Unmarked - - 6.75" piano pliers with a pad that swivels on the lower jaw.
Condition is poor because of pitting, markings not readable, and aluminum paint (S487) 0025. LEVER WRENCH CO DULUTH, MINN / HEIMBACK PATENT 1915 - - 8" qk adj nut wrench with lever and rack teeth. Usually found with poor or unreadable markings, these come in loud and clear. G W NEWMAN - ERIE -PA / PATENTED - - 9'" qk adj pw with rack teeth and a lever that releases or locks the lower jaw assembly. HARVEY'S SONS MFG CO LTD DETROIT, MICH / HARVEY WRIGHT'S WRENCH PAT FEB 1910 - NOV 1911 (and A H S in a diamond logo) - - 17.5" qk adj pw with rack teeth on side of shaft and sliding lower jaws assembly. VICTOR TRADEMARK / PAT DEC 23,1902 - AUG 25, 1903 - - 6.5". The wrenches listed below are still in exceptionally fine working condition 0030.
(S653) This type of wrench seems to works fine till the helical shaft gets a little dirty or bent then they are hard to adjust or don't adjust at all.
- - 8.5" quick adjust nut wrench with helical shaft and sliding collar similar to Handee wrenches but much rarer. - - 8.5" qk adj nut wrench with sliding button and helical shaft. Black finish in excellent condition but hard to adjust. Same wrench as above but with special gold finish and in the original gold presentation box.
Excellent and considerably rarer than the Los Angles, California version. HELIX 8 IN PETERSON TOOL CO EL DORADO, KANSAS US PAT 3555939 / STAINLESS STEEL OTHER FOREIGN PAT PENDING etc.
All had an unfinished wooden handle and either a regular hex or square handle nut.
Some markings not readable and several grinding marks. QUICKSET - - 8" like above but with a round wooden handle. Several of these previously unknown wrenches surfaced at a Texas auction several years ago.
Vern has also accumulated probably the best collection of foreign made antique wrenches in the US with many outstanding examples. BELL WRENCH CO TULSA OKLA / PAT APRIL 25, 1905 OTHER PAT PENDG - - 9.5" qk adj pw with rack gears and a spring loaded release lever on lower jaw. Hard to find nut wrench variation with plain jaw inserts (S727) 0008.
QUICKSET - APRIL 22, 1919 QUICKSET - KOKOMO, IND - - 9" with same qk adj mechanism as above but on an auto type nut wrench. Unmarked Russell Machine C0 - - 8" wooden handle qk adj nut wrench which combines rack teeth for initial adj and a knurled nut and screw for fine adj. - Pat Jan 7, 02 - - 7.75" all metal unique adj with a spring loaded lower jaw and set screw.
As pointed out by Stan Schulz ,the patent text does refer to a "holding clutch". ATLAS - - 10.5" with as moveable upper jaw that can be adj to three different positions. A rare wrench in excellent condition with original nickel plating. qk adj pw with spring loaded lower jaw and rack adjustment. H & E WRENCH CO OF NEW BEDFORD, MASS / PAT MAR 27, 1923, etc.(with logo) - 10.25" Nut wrench version of the Handee Wrench. H & E WRENCH CO OF NEW BEDFORD, MASS USA / PAT MAR 27, 1923, etc.(with logo) - 10.25" Hex nut version of the Handee Wrench. H & E WRENCH CO OF NEW BEDFORD, MASS" / "PAT MAR 27, 1923, etc.(with logo) - - H & E's pipe wrench version of their Handee wrench.
SEATTLE - - 8.75" lever qk adjust with rack teeth..
Pat 2-16-1917 by Wilbur Upson of Mansfield, Ohio and mfg by the Shelby Specialty Co, Shelby, Ohio.
CAL / PATENTED NOV 3, 1908 - - 10" wood handle qk adj rack wrench with extremely fine teeth and an unusual toggle nut and lever adjustment.