Illustrated Catalogue of Fray's Bit Braces, Breast and Hand Drills,
Hollow Handle Tool Sets, etc.
Antique Tools & Trades in Connecticut (A.T.T.I.C.)
BrThe John S.
Fray & Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut built an early reputation
and brace building success upon the initial patent of Nelson Spofford
whos first patent was for a type of split chuck, often termed
a "clamshell" chuck. John Fray apparently began manufacturing
Spofford braces in partnership with a gentleman named Horace Pigg.
Early braces are marked, "Fray & Pigg Manrs / Bridgeport,
Conn" and "Spoffords Pat / Nov 1, 1859". Stanley
continued to produce braces using this design until at least 1942.
Subsequent braces are marked only "John S. Fray & Co /
Bridgeport, Conn. USA". This fully illustrated catalog includes
braces, hand drills, breast drills, extension bit holders, hollow
handle tool sets, pin vises, chucks, and more!