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Machine Class: Metal Working Machinery
Machine Type: Drill Press
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Submitted By: Jeff Joslin
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Benchtop flat-belt drill press
Date of Manufacturer: 1900 (very approx.)
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Last Updated 5/24/2016 1:39:04 PM

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These photos were provided by owner John Betthauser. The stop collar is stamped "TH_ PICKF_____ / _ORTLA__". The Pickford Co., Portland? If so, we could not identify any such maker from any Portland (Maine, Oregon, or otherwise). On the other side the collar is stamped, "PAT21862 & 1865 / 172439". No patent we could find matches up to the numbers and the machine or the collar (not US utility, design or reissues, nor Canadian patents either). The chuck is from Standard Tool Co., Cleveland; no help there.

Any ideas?

[EDIT 2016-05-24: just a few minutes after posting this, Philip Sanborn suggested Pickering Governor Co. of Portland, Ct. for the name on the collar. Yes, such a company existed and they made governors. Their first patent was number 36,621 by Thomas R. Pickering, issued 1862-10-07. So perhaps "PAT21862 & 1865" is supposed to read "PATD 1862 & 1865"? I'm not sure about the 1865 date but there were a great many governor patents that year and perhaps Pickering owned one of them (I could not find one that was explicitly assigned to Pickering).

In any event, Pickering did not manufacture a drill press so far as I can tell. However, their earlier governor designs used bevel gears and flat belts so it seems plausible that someone adapted some Pickering parts to fabricate a drill press. It could have been made in the shops of the Pickering Governor Co., who knows? Anyway, all of this is based on information on the stop collar, which is a part that could easily have been added later so everything here is guesswork.]

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Comments: Stop collar on the column below the head. Seems to have a tab welded on it.
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Comments: Closeup of marking on collar
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Comments: Other side of collar; drill chuck
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