uppermost brace still carries the "YANKEE" trademark on its pad and is
therefore the oldest of the three. Next comes the middle brace,
made like the first by the North Bros. Division of Stanley Tools, which
still has all its oil holes, but which, like the bottom brace, has the "YANKEE" trademark only on the chuck and
bow. Finally, there is
the bottom brace, made by simply Stanley U.S.A., with no oil hole in
its domed ratchet cap. The bottom brace has "Bell System B"
instead of just "Bell System" like the upper two braces. It was
with only two instead of three screws attaching the metal plate to the
composition pad. None of these braces carries any patent
citations, so the patents had all run out by the time they were
The first three braces are smoothly and fully functional. The uppermost brace, designated B&D-I1, has nearly all its original nickel plating and only a few dings and scratches; it is SOLD. The middle brace, designated B&D-I2, has next to no dings and scratches (except on the ratchet cap) but has had the Bell System stamp ground off; it is SOLD. The bottom brace, designated B&D-I3, has nearly all its nickel plating (except on the ratchet cap) but the plating is smoothly speckled; and it is also SOLD.
|Next is another brace,
B&D-I4, which was hidden under a
white-ish-yellowish-greenish coating which came off easily with steel
wool, revealing an utterly unused, brand new brace whose only apology
is that the plating has failed over the entire upper portion of the bow
- it just peeled off. The jaws have never touched a bit. SOLD.
Then, there's - Brace B&D-I5 - is another brace like B&D-I1 with "YANKEE" on its thermoplastic pad, which has nearly all of its plating remaining, but was carried around a lot by its Bell System owner, van Eck, and so the handles have gotten rather scuffed up. The jaws are definitely in used condition, but the brace works great. Price: SOLD
At the bottom, there are two more braces, recent additions:
B&D-I6, with 12 inch swing (SOLD) and B&D-I7 (SOLD).
|The brace was made by Stanley after they
moved production away from Philadelphia to New Britain, Connecticut.
||Stanley made a lot of these for the old Bell System linemen.||The change from 2100 to 2101 was due to a
detail change in the pad and its bearings. The A: After 100%
|The chuck & ratchet both work fine.
||The handles are undamaged,
but the upper bow's plating has failed.
|The jaws show no bit marks at all.
has excellent plating and
mechanical condition. The only apology is for the scruffy
handles. Price: SOLD.
| Brace B&D-I6 (SOLD)
has a twelve inch swing, making it one of the less common Yankee
braces, and it was made before Stanley moved the production of Yankee
braces from Philadelphia to New Britain, Connecticut.
The handles of this brace are made of the thermosetting, bakelite-like material that North Bros. used while production remained in Philadelphia. They are in pretty good shape, with one small divot out of the wrist handle, that doesn't show in the iimages. There are no cracks. The color of this composite material is darker than the flash picture below, center, makes it appear.
The jaws are in good condition, and all the rest of the brace's mechanisms also work smoothly and as intended by the manufacturer. The inside of the ratchet mechanism is now lubricated with just oil.
The nickel plating is in good shape on the bow, less so on the chuck and on the underside of the head, below, right.
trademark appears in three places on this brace - On the chuck shell,
as shown at left, on the head, as shown above, and on the bow, as shown
was made before Stanley moved the
production of Yankee braces from Philadelphia to New Britain,
Connecticut. Its plating is in pristine condition, with no blemishes at all.
|The markings on Brace B&D-I7
are on the ratchet housing, a thin shell that screws onto the front of
the frame of the brace, in contrast to the markings on Brace
B&D-I6, that are on the shell of its chuck.