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I have this reed vise #205


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Reed manufacturing is still in business. They make pipe tools and vices. You can try contacting the company for more info. Doing a search of "reed manufacturing" the company site pops right up. Go to their site and down at the bottom is email and phone number. I would give the link but links to commercial sites are frowned upon here. 

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So searching the online patent database for that date and "vise" brings up an application by Reed Manufacturing Co. The application was submitted a few years earlier, June 9 1905, and the patent US903137 granted Nov 3 1908.  The patent is for the swiveling mechanism of the base and the drawings do not indicate a transverse hole in the jaws; so someone did that later on their own.

When searching info on old tools the patent will often tell a lot. I've even scanned the whole list for a certain date to find the one I was interested in.

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