I recently found this fabulous old Black & Decker 1/4" electric drill at a thrift store. It's design is steam punk!
With patent dtaes of 1919 and 1926, I assume it's from the 1930's. Interesting, the data plate indicates that Black & Decker Canada was operating that early from locations in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver. You can see the similarity with the famous 1917 B&D patent for a pistol grip, shown below:
The style appears to have continued into the 1930's:
|A.L. Dyke. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia. Nineteenth Edition. Chicago: The Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc., 1941.|
The drill even had the original Jacobs chuck key (No. 1) attached by a piece of string!
The trigger is on/off. You don't have to hold it in. When I plugged the drill in and pulled the trigger, it worked just fine. A testimony to the quality of an electric tool of this age.