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1867 Vise-C.Parker Co question

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Old 07-08-2011, 10:57:31 AM
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Default 1867 Vise-C.Parker Co question

I have an old bench vise made by C. Parker Co., Meridan CT.

Wording on the two sides are as follows..

left side...
PAT. MAY 23 (28?) NOV. 26 DEC 10 &17 1867

right side


jaws are 3 1/2 wide
jaws open to almost 4 1/2"

Vise is large and has a swivel feature. A threaded rod runs down through the bench and a threaded nut with a handle screws onto it. One simply reachs under the bench to loosen it and swivel the vise to desired angle.

In mounting the vise to the bench, a round metal plate screws down to the bench surface and the vice sits on this.

The vise works well for light work, however the tightening handle never really gets it firm enough for heavy work...

Stil, it's a "keeper".
I am interested in knowing of anyone out there has any other information on tis vise...

Thanks Stephen Bond Florence Ma
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The Meriden Enterprise Center is a large manufacturing plant that is home to over 60 businesses,
located in the center of Connecticut. The plant was the former home of companies such as the Charles Parker company, known for the manufacture of the Springfield rifle and the development of one of the early repeating rifles in the
mid- nineteenth century. Charles Parker was born in 1809 and rose from poverty to become one of Connecticut’s leading industrialists. He also became the city of Meriden's first mayor. He started his manufacturing career inventing and producing coffee mills in a small shop in 1832.

By 1860, he owned several large factories and employed hundreds of people, in and around Meriden. Parker products included hardware and house wares, flatware, clocks, lamps, piano stools and benches, vises, coffee mills, industrial machinery, and, after 1862, guns. Guns, however, never
amounted to more than 10 percent of Parker’s business. Charles Parker died in 1901 and his descendants carried on his businesses until 1957. The Great Depression of the 1930s took its toll on the Parker enterprise and it never fully recovered. Parker products have now become “collector’s items,” especially the Parker shotguns. The Charles Parker Company sold its gun facility and the rights to the Parker gun
to Remington Arms Company in 1934, and Remington continued the Parker shotgun line until World War II.
The attraction by collectors to the Parker shotgun comes because of the gun’s inherent quality and beauty.
The Parker gun is an American classic.

During World War II, the plant became the home of the New Departure Manufacturing Company, which produced ball-bearings. The company was eventually owned by General Motors. At its peak, over 20,000 people were employed at the plant. During much of the plant's life, the plant was powered
with an on-site power generation station which also powered other parts of the city. Stories are told about the plant during this time. It is rumored that during the war, thousands of ball bearings were stored underneath the parking lot of the plant, almost a whole year's production worth, in case the factory
was bombed! In this case, the company would recover the store of bearings until factory production was
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Thanks for that interesting history. I was highly aware of the fame of the Parker shotguns, they are highly prized by collectors. I had no idea of the vastness of his manufacturing. Thanks for the information on all of that.
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