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Marked only: "PATENTED" - - 9.75 wood handled Vandegrift wedge adj.
AKRON, O - PAT'D APRIL 17, 1908 - - 8" well made wedge adjust nut wrench.
PAT''D OCT 2, 1906 - - 9.75" all metal qk adj lever operated rack wrench like above except with different adj lever.
Pat by Axel Peterson and mfg by the Peterson Rapid Wrench Co., San Francisco, CA.
The company failed and all they got for their investments were the wrenches.
Patented by Kenneth Halls of Broomfield, Colorado and assigned to Eugene Peterson. A note inside the box states that these were given to investors in the Peterson Tool Co.
CAL / PATENTED NOV 3, 1908 - - 10" wood handle qk adj rack wrench with extremely fine teeth and an unusual toggle nut and lever adjustment.
- PAT'D APRIL 22 - 1919 / KOKOMO, IND - - 8.25" All metal rack screw adj with a lever that raises the knurled nut off the rack teeth for quick adjustment. A couple had markings that were readable most were not.
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.
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.
- - 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.
There will definitely be something for all collectors in this auction from the most advanced to the beginner. Unmarked - - 10.75" all metal rack adj wrench with set screw to lock lower jaw in place. MACKE & CO - KOKOMO, IND USA - PAT'D 4 - 22 - 1919, etc - - 12.5" Rack screw adj with a lever that raises the knurled nut off the rack teeth for quick adjustment. Z 12 IN / PAT APL'D FOR - - 12" malleable quick adj patented by F. Pipe version with serrated inserts on angled upper jaw. Pat by Franklin Woodward of Sarcoxie, Mo (evidently sold to W.