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John Hall

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Hi all!
Im Mark, i am wondering if anybody can help me with information on a wilson style vice please?

I buy and sell vices and I've never had one of these myself but i have seen them. I don't know much about them but they seem to be for fine metalwork and jewellery?
I will attach some pictures to help.
Im sure it says wilson on it and most that I've seen are kind of right handed? This one, the jaws are more to the left?
Lastly the nut for the main screw is made of brass.

Thanks for any help 😊
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Very interesting.

I'm guessing this is a very early Wilson, before the Colt and DOHM names (all from London, I believe) and maybe Hale USA. It's really surprising that so many variants were made: many sizes and at least three styles ---

I'd guess yours is the earliest, then the most usual right offset version, also castings, in several sizes, which was also made in quick release versions, then later also the big versions were made by fabrication from steel plate (like your second version on a dustbin).

Obviously this Wilson 'multi-jaw' style vice had some sales, but it doesn't seem to be a recipe for commercial success to keep changing the design. Still, makes it interesting for us vice enthusiasts.

I have a small version 2, as in the leaflets above, and a large steel fab type, but I'd say yours although more basic, looks very interesting to me.
 
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And, Mark, the 'nut' of the the main screw seems to be made of brass/bronze (good choice, I'd say) but also seems to have a kind of largish 'cup' built in -- what's that? for greasing?
 

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I have a few Dohm,Colt smaller vices , which look identical externally, but the Colt has a threaded brass boss that the threaded rod goes into, whereas the Dohm’s are threaded through the cast body.
 

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Got a new one off EBay…..
it’s much bigger..06255107-1DA5-4BC1-BD1D-BBA9B326CF0D.jpeg
 

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