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Hoping someone would be able to give me more background info...

I recently had the opportunity to acquire a couple vintage hand drills. Aside from the general data plate information on these, I am not really finding much as far as rarity, background, overall "hand tool coolness factor"

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Bit of info here and other links to follow:

https://oldtoolheaven.com/hand_drills/Featured.htm

https://www.georgesbasement.com/mfno...fno2types.html

https://vintageinternetpatents.com/millersfalls.html
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Looks like those average $20 to $30 plus shipping on Ebay with a couple of exceptions going over $60. Not an expert on hand drills so not sure why. I see the ones you have pretty high on the coolness scale, but not crazy cool like a Stanley No. 1 hand plane.

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No, it's not a Stanley No 1, but it is probably one of the nicest versions of one of the all-time-great eggbeaters --- The Millers Falls No 2.
Yours is an earlier model, with one pinion gear and a little thrust wheel. It is far smoother-running than the later, 2-pinion models.

You can read a lot more about that thrust wheel (George calls it a "LRRCW") over at George's basement.

Judging from the star logo on the handle, I suspect yours is pre-1921 -- probably the late 19-teens.


I haven't checked the auction site lately, but a few years back, those got really popular and fetched 80-90 bucks. I must have sold six or seven and kept only my two favorites.
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