Item RB9 - “Cam Lock” Type Bevel.
Willis Ellis and Rufus Russell, both from
Springfield, Mass, were awarded a patent for a carpenter’s bevel which used a
recessed cam actuated lever to fix the bevel blade at any angle. This “Ellis
Patent” bevel was not greatly appreciated and examples today are quite rare.
Forty three years later, Nicholas McGrath and James Pratt received a patent—No.
1,121,195, Dec 15, 1914--for essentially the same idea, and this “Hold Fast”
bevel was marketed successfully by the Southington, Hdw. Co. and today is not
uncommon. A characteristic of the McGrath patent was that the mechanism
required the blade to be located off center in the thickness of the handle.
Ellis’ earlier mechanism did not require this asymmetry. The bevel here is
unmarked by maker or patent, and is obviously much older that a 1914. It does
not have the blade asymmetry in the handle, and the bras cam lever is different
in shape from that of both the Ellis and McGrath patents. The bevel has a 10
inch slotted blade (that has some spots of light pitting), and a rosewood handle
that is trimmed with brass on both the upper and lower parts of the handle. The
extent of the brass trimming, its thickness, and the manner in which it is
pinned to the rosewood unlike any that I’ve seen before. It is a heavy and
substantial bevel. I presents an enigma. There are a couple of splinters from
the edges of the rosewood that are not trimmed with brass, but the bevel is in
good working condition.. Good+
Price - $75.00
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