Thursday, December 31, 2015

One of my vices is vises: broom press, 1878



I photographed this broom press at a little hole-in-the-wall museum in the States a few years ago.  They had it labelled as a "broom vise."  It was designed to hold brooms in place so you could sew the bristles together. It had a patent date on it:


I looked it up when I got home, and voil√†!  Patented by David Bard of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He assigned "one half of his right to George Flagg, of same place."  I wonder what that was about?


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