While cleaning up my graphics backup hard disc, I came across an old image that I had picked up somewhere, sometime, somewhen:
Yes, the famous Croix de St. Pierre vise, in the flesh. Proof positive that this was not just some drunken wooden vise makers dream one dark and stormy night but in truth, a real, functioning leg vise of times past.
The cross is clearly cast but as to whether it was manufactured or a one off from some pattern shop, who knows? Given that the rest of the vise is made of wood, I have a suspicion the cast part was a custom job. To date I have not found a record of one in a catalog but the search continues.
For an additional view of this type of vise, here is an engraving of the vise from THE AMATEUR CARPENTER AND BUILDER: A COMPLETE GUIDE IN EVERY DESCRIPTION OF CONSTRUCTIVE AND DECORATIVE WORK. WARD, LOCK & CO. LTD, MELBOURNE AND NEW YORK. c1904.
Till next, Gary