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    Well I finally found one!!! I won it on the bay, Item number: 300105979761. 10" Richards Wilcox quick release vise. I spent 2 hours Sat. taking it apart and sand blasting it then putting it back together. Take a look at the before and after pics.
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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    More pics

    Does anyone know how old this vise is?
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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    Tom, I'm sorry, I've no info on the age of the vice, but I'd say after a paint job, it is going to look brand new!

    You sure did a nice job on it, looks like one heck of a vice.

    To be honest, I'd not heard of this vice maker before, but I'm not very well versed in them.

    Google it

    What color are you going to paint it?

    Cheers!
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    I found this for you............

    http://www.richardswilcox.com/about.htm

    Most likely they don't make vices anymore, but they have been making stuff since 1880.

    Send them an e-mail with a pic of you vice, maybe they can tell you?

    Cheers!
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    A great restore-save on a great tool. As far as aging, some of the dedicated Neanders here might be able to help. But, my take on these vices, is that the design didn't change much, if any, with the years. Some of today's are identical to a century ago.
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    I believe the LN quick release vise is the setup as this one.
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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    That is too cool Tom. Who knew a vise could be a thing of beauty. Real character in that one.

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    Great job on the vise Tom. I have a similar one now that needs a restore though it is not a quick release.

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    That looks great, Tom. Looks like it's brand-new, except for the shop-worn handle. I'm betting it's got a lot of miles left in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I found this for you............

    http://www.richardswilcox.com/about.htm

    Most likely they don't make vices anymore, but they have been making stuff since 1880.

    Send them an e-mail with a pic of you vice, maybe they can tell you?

    Cheers!
    Stu-

    I contacted the Richards-Wilcox company and they sent me the price guilde out of there book from 1907. That vise $9 back then... If you want I can email it to you.

    Tom
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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