Not a gloat, since it likely doesn't amount to much:
I bought what I think is a hand drill in a flea market, and am
interested in finding out (i) possible value, and (ii) a possible
source of bits. Yes, I did a Google search, and am usually fairly
good at that, but came up empty. Any knowledgeable advice
It should be a drill, not a screwdriver, since the spiral goes only
one way. Here's the details:
Yankee No. 42
North Bros. Mfg. Co.
PHILA PA. USA
Pat: JAN 25 - 98 OCT 9 - 00 FEB 10 - 20
Since the last patent date was 1920, I don't know the manufacturing
date past that, but it's still old enough to have antique value, and
is in pretty good condition.
Is it metal? Shiny? Its prob. a Yankee screwdriver. The stroke will
either turn a screw, or a drill bit.
"Change is the law of life,
and those who look only to the past and present
are certain to miss the future."
Thanks, and yes, it's metal, shiny, except for the wooden handle. But
I thought a screwdriver had spirals in two directions. I know that
later, larger models do, and gave an old large brass one to a friend.
This little item is only about 9 1/2" long, the handle for one handed
use. I suggested a possible drill due to the spiral being in only the
one direction, the return then being just loose, not driving.
It's a push drill. Not quite as good as an old Goodell-Pratt,
IMNSHO, but at least you can still get bits ("drill points") for
As far as value, these show up on Ebay all the time. Search for
BTW, it's an extremely handy tool. Great for screw starting
holes. Not so good for through holes, as it tends to "punch"
Well, I looked and apparently they've been discontinued. They
were available a few years ago, so you might still find the odd
set at an out of the way hardware store.
If you want to see what the set looked like, look at:
Amazon has a newer (i.e., junk) Stanley push drill that comes
with 4 drill points. Are they available separately? I don't
On Mon, 24 May 2004 09:44:39 -0700, "Chipper Wood"
Thanks, but the one I have isn't showm and is older. Also, the bits
look like the same design as those for larger, more modern
Yankee screwdrivers. What concerns me there is the chuck. With the
newer screwdriver I have, and those I've seen, the chuck collet pulls
down to accept the bit and springs back to lock it in. In the one I
have [last patent 1920] the handle is wood, and the collet screws and
unscrews to lock onto the bit by tightening onto a small ball bearing.
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