Millers Falls Braces 1050 through 1810

Much of this listing has been developed from information found in Millers Falls catalogs. The features listed for each brace may differ from actual examples. While the company typically stressed new features in its catalogs, it seldom mentioned the disappearance of a feature or a feature that had become so commonly accepted that it was no longer noteworthy. Then too, production practices varied from catalog copy and illustrations were slow to be updated. By 1960, catalog copy had become so vague that a detailed description of features is not possible.

Nos. 1050 - 1054

Ratchet brace Ratchet brace

Fully boxed ratchet; cocobolo head and handle; ball bearing head; metal rings inserted in wrist handle prevent splitting; steel washer between ratchet and chuck sockets; nickel plated; extra long chuck with self-centering, forged steel jaws.

Illustration from 1925 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1050 14 inch 1923 1929
No. 1051 12 inch 1923 1929
No. 1052 10 inch 1923 1929
No. 1053 8 inch 1923 1929
No. 1054 6 inch 1923 1929

Nos. 1320-1324

Barber Improved Ratchet Brace Barber Improved Ratchet Brace

  1. 1915 — half-boxed ratchet; ebonized hardwood head and handle; steel clad head; wrist handle with inserted brass rings to prevent splitting; anti-friction washer in head; steel washer between ratchet and chuck sockets; nickel plated; spring-type alligator jaws.
  2. 1925 — as above, but steel clad, ball bearing head.
  3. 1935 — fully boxed ratchet.
  4. 1949 — as above, but mahogany-stained hardwood head and handle; toothless alligator jaws.

A series of mid-priced braces that could be ordered with an octagonal shell ca. 1915-1929.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1320 14 inch 1915 1922
No. 1321 12 inch 1915 1962
No. 1322 10 inch 1915 1962
No. 1323 8 inch 1915 1962
No. 1324 6 inch 1915 1962

Nos. 1401 - 1404

Barber Improved Brace, non-ratcheting Barber Improved Brace, non-ratcheting

Ebonized hardwood head and handle; nickel plated; springless alligator jaws.

This series was marketed as part of the Mohawk line of economy braces 1917-1919. (Not to be confused with the later Mohawk-Shelburne braces.)

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1401 12 inch 1915 1919
No. 1402 10 inch 1915 1919
No. 1403 8 inch 1915 1919
No. 1404 6 inch 1915 1917

No. 1410

Mohawk-Shelburne Ratchet Brace

Master Mohawk-Shelburne Ratchet Brace 1931-ca. 1948
Millers Falls Ratchet Brace, ca. 1949-1972

  1. 1931 — half-boxed ratchet; stained hardwood head and wrist handle; polished steel parts; red-enameled shifter ring; malleable alligator jaws.
  2. 1949 — as above, but shifter ring no longer painted red.
  3. 1960 — as above, but black-stained hardwood handles.

Introduced as part of the Mohawk-Shelburne series of economy tools, the brace was offered as a Millers Falls product when the brand was discontinued.

The No. 1410 was shipped with the V-Line (Value Line) label on the wrist handle from 1956 to ca. 1960.

Illustration from 1960 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1410, 1410 M-S 10 inch 1931 1972

No. 1610

Mohawk-Shelburne Ratchet BraceMohawk-Shelburne Ratchet Brace

Half-boxed ratchet; stained hardwood head and wrist handle; polished steel parts; red-enameled shifter ring; malleable alligator jaws.

Introduced as part of the Mohawk-Shelburne series of economy tools, the brace was dropped when the brand was discontinued.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1610 10 inch 1931 1944

Nos. 1641 - 1643

Barber Improved BraceBarber Improved Brace, non-ratcheting

  1. 1915 — tumbled and stained hardwood head and handle; rough polished and nickel plated; springless alligator jaws.
  2. 1917 — as above, catalog emphasizes light weight construction.

This series was marketed as part of the Mohawk line of economy braces in 1917-1919. (Not to be confused with the later Mohawk-Shelburne braces.) In the latter 1920s, it was the company’s best selling series of ratchet braces. Identical to Nos. 1661-1663 but lacks ratchet.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1641 12 inch 1915 1919
No. 1642 10 inch 1915 1919
No. 1643 8 inch 1915 1919

Nos. 1661 - 1663

Barber Improved Ratchet BraceBarber Improved Ratchet Brace

  1. 1915 — half-boxed ratchet; tumbled and stained hardwood head and handle; rough polished and nickel plated; springless alligator jaws.
  2. 1917 — as above, catalog emphasizes light weight construction.
  3. 1922 — as above, but metal rings in wrist handle to prevent splitting.
  4. 1936 — as above, but ball bearing head.

This series was marketed as part of the Mohawk line of economy braces in 1917-1919. (Not to be confused with the later Mohawk-Shelburne braces.) In the latter 1920s, it was the company’s best selling series of ratchet braces. Identical to Nos. 1641-1643 save for ratchet.

Illustration from 1915 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1661 12 inch 1915 1947
No. 1662 10 inch 1915 1950
No. 1663 8 inch 1915 1950

Nos. 1708 - 1712

Mohawk-Shelburne Ratchet Brace Mohawk-Shelburne Ratchet Brace, 1935-ca. 1948
Millers Falls Ratchet Brace, ca. 1948 to end of production

  1. 1935 — half-boxed ratchet; lacquered hardwood head and handle; steel clad, ball bearing head; nickel plated; alligator jaws.
  2. 1949 — as above, but ‘toothless’ alligator jaws.

No. 1710 was originally introduced as part of the Mohawk-Shelburne line of economy tools and was offered as a Millers Falls product when the brand was discontinued. The entire series was shipped with the V-Line (Value Line) label on the wrist handle from 1956 to ca. 1960.

 

Illustration from 1960 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1708 8 inch 1948 1964
No. 1710 10 inch 1935 after 1981
No. 1712 12 inch 1948 1971

Nos. 1769 - 1773

Lion Ratchet BraceLion Ratchet Brace

Fully boxed ratchet; cocobolo head and handle; steel clad, ball bearing head, metal rings inserted in wrist handle to prevent splitting; steel washer between ratchet and chuck sockets; nickel plated; octagonal Lion ball bearing chuck with Leland’s universal jaws.

Identical to Nos. 769-773 save the Lion chuck has an octagonal shell.

More information on the Lion brace is available. Illustration from 1929 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1769 16 inch 1927 1933
No. 1770 14 inch 1927 1933
No. 1771 12 inch 1927 1933
No. 1772 10 inch 1927 1933
No. 1773 8 inch 1927 1931

No. 1810

Mohawk-Shelburne Ratchet BraceMohawk-Shelburne Ratchet Brace

Fully boxed ratchet; lacquered hardwood head and handle; steel clad, ball bearing head; metal rings inserted in wrist handle to prevent splitting; nickel plated save for chuck shell and ratchet dogs; ball bearing chuck with forged steel alligator jaws.

Introduced as part of Mohawk-Shelburne series of economy tools, the brace was dropped when the brand was discontinued.

Illustration from 1941 catalog.

Model No. Sweep Start Date End Date
No. 1810 10 inch 1939 1947