Last fall at the Springfeild Ohio flea market I acquired a set of
auger bits for my Miller Falls brace. The 13 augers are in a drop
front Jennings auger box and start at 4/16 and run through 16/16. They
are marked "Snell Manufacturing Co. Fiskdalle Mass" Does any one know
anything about the company?
My thanks in advance- Dave
I can't give you details, but Snell is one of the well-known older auger bit
makers. Dates are probably something like 1880s to 1920s, but just a guess.
Fiskdale is/was a suburb of Sturbridge, MA, fairly near Connecticut, where
other bit makers were located. Not sure if Jennings was in CT (Russell
Jennings-- C. E. Jennings, was another), but James Swan was, and other tool-bit
and edged-tool makers.
Millers Falls, MA, would be about 30 miles to the northwest of Sturbridge. I
think their rosewood braces are one of the truly exceptional handtools still
generally available at flea markets and like. I have a couple of couple, with
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