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Vice, Harness Maker
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Title: Vice, Harness Maker
Identifier: 2001.2.2
Donor: Richard Parker
Item Date: 1890 1910
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A harness maker's vice. Two long curved boards (10 x 1.5 x 72 cm) are screwed to a pyramid shaped wood block at the base. The boards curve as they rise, forming a hollow oval near the top and coming together at the very top to form the vice grip. A (13.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm) piece of wood fits through a hole in one board to form a lever which juts out to one side at the narrowest point of the vice. The lever is used to separate the curved boards, releasing the grip of the vice at the top. There are three screws at the base of each board holding it to the block of wood. There is a 1 cm diameter hole on one side (above the screws) which may have held a bolt at one time. Wood is stained, scratched and gouged in places.

The vice is part of Richard Parker's collection of antiques related to his interest in textiles.

Mr. Richard Parker was a travelling textile sales man. He sold material for clothes, billiard tables and upholstery. He lived at 1276 Mississauga Road for over 40 years. He had a bedroom office at this house which he worked from until the age of 86. He was originally from Willowdale, moving to Mississauga in the 70's with his wife and five children.

The harness vice is usually held between your knees or legs while you sew the harness. The leaver on one leaf is pushed down to separate the 2 jaws, then you are able to insert the harness and release the lever. This leaves both hands free to work.
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