Hilger & Sons Hand Vise - header image

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise

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.

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise

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.

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise - Jaws

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise – Jaws

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.

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise - Spring Mount

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise – Spring Mount

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.

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise - Back Side

Hilger & Sons Hand Vise – Back Side

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