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It looks like a Peter Wright. In small letters on top of the screw box (bell) with serifs, it should say, P.WRIGHT, PATENT, SOLID BOX. The problem is that these letters are obliterated about 95% of the time through wear and rust. If the box is removed and cleaned, you can see a single large letter stamped on it, maybe an inspector's mark. Because the vise has a U-shackle for mounting and not a tenon, I would place it in the latter half of the 19th century. The solid box was a big innovation for the Peter Wright firm. Prior to the solid box, the internal threads were forge-brazed into the "tube."

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