Last weekend I happened across this brace at my regular flea market.
It can be seen at :
At first glance it looks like a typical six penny brace. However,
there are two things that set it apart : first, the handle looks
more like it came off an "American" iron brace, see :
and second, the chuck for the bit has a couple of extra grooves
instead of the usual square hole. I have no idea what these could
be for. See :
The brace is marked with the following :
AMOBREOUIN (or AMOBREQUIN) on the upper arm of the crank.
This is interesting in that a brace in French is called a
I wonder if the "amo" part could be from "amovible" which means
removable (as in removable bit ?).
On the lower arm of the crank is marked :
UNIQUE BREVETE SGDC (or SGDG) [brevete means patented]
So it looks like a French brace, combining features from both British
and American (cheap) iron braces. Ken Roberts mentions that the
British ones were manufactured "in large quantities" in Germany. I
have a more typical "common ball brace" by xxx BOKER which was most
likely made in Germany. It can be seen at :
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