Snell Manufacturing Company, Fiskdale, MA,
Title ANTIQUE AUGER WITH UNUSUAL MECHANISM FOR SECURING THE BIT TO THE HANDLE.
Publisher Mid to late 19th C.
Seller ID 79-0366
18 oak handle with a steel mechanism for attaching a bit. The handle bears circular scribe marks 1 1/4 from each end and one in the center. The handle is impressed Wm. Tucker Blackstone, Mass. Patent March 22, 1859. The patent referenced is No. 23,326 issued to William Tucker of Blackstone for a Method Of Securing Bits In The Stock. William Tucker worked for TheSnell Manufacturing Company of Fiskdale, MA, which was founded by Melville Snell in 1841 when he came to the Sturbridge, MA area from Pawtucket, RI.The company remained in the Snell family until 1862 when it was acquired by apartnership of Emery L. Bates with the New York hardware firm of Clarke and Wilson. Tucker married the daughter of Melville Snell, Mary N Snell, in 1866. He was granted a total 15 patents & co-patents between 1858 and 1883, which were related to match making, wood-planing,and saw sharpening machines as well as several others related to drills and augers. [http://www.datamp.org/patents/search/xrefPerson.php?id=2980]. The handle has normal wear & distress from use.