Marked “H&S”, this Hilger & Sons hand vise is 4-5/8″ long with a 1-1/2″ jaw. These small vises were sometimes call jeweler’s or gunsmith’s vises. A simple web search turns up many old and new examples of vises this size.
Similar to a blacksmith’s leg vise (though on a Lilliputian scale), these vises had a place in the hands of any maker needing to hold small items. The serrated jaws on this particular vise are in perfect shape, so I believe this vise saw very little use.
Like the blacksmith’s leg vise, this hand vise has the same spring mechanism to open the vise jaws when the wing nut is loosened.
This is a superb example of a forged iron hand vise that retains all of its original finish filing marks and jaw serrations. I’m happy to have it and share some photos with you.