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I'll be the first to say that I've never seen the like. Looks like it was meant to mount on a trailer tongue (with the spike biting into the wood), but the size is miniscule. The 'buy it now' price is a bit high unless you collect vises, but I have to admit that this one is a rarity.

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Over the years I have seen these vises in sizes that range from 2" jaws up through 6" jaws and they are the precursor to our modern bench vise. I don't think that the little ones are all that rare as they were something that an individual could buy to clamp to his kitchen table to some small work on and the types of work that a jeweler/watch maker would do would have used a much more precision vise than this. These were the 18th and 19th century version of a Harbor Freight vise not a Wilton.
Here's an itty bitty one in Hungry that's for sale on eBay with only $9 shipping http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-BLACKSMITH-VISE-MINIATURE-/271046777259?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f1ba599ab

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