Rare Antique c1884 Decatur Coffin Company of Decatur Illinois USA, spiral screwdriver (Pat dated 1884) with rosewood handle and in good used condition. This coffin makers screwdriver clockwise on the down stroke and remains static, it is only automatic when driving screws.
Patented by Christopher H Olson on 7th October 1884 this screw driver is unusual, also, in that the spiral mechanism is not cut into the shank like you would see on a Yankee type pump screwdriver. To say that this tool can only be used in the clockwise direction is not strictly true as it can be used as a conventional screw driver to withdraw screws. As you can appreciate coffin lids are rarely opened once they are screwed shut.
We sell collectable and old usable tools that are lightly cleaned before being offered for sale. Used tools are not perfect and may have minor flaws due to wear and tear. Any major defects will be pointed out in the description. All items are sold in an “as is”condition and have not been tested; some reconditioning may be required according to buyer’s standards which can vary wildly. Whilst best reasonable efforts are made to ensure usable items are brought to a good standard, those expecting perfection from a used tools should consider buying new. Items described as ‘Antique’ or ‘Collectable’ are not sold for the purpose of use, if the buyer uses them we regard the item as sold or intends to use them it is their responsibility for additional costs to upgrade. If in doubt please ask as we are more than happy to help.
Prior to selling online we used the web as a buyers for quite some time and although there was a hiccup or two by other sellers we found them all to be helpful when they were made aware, I aim to be the same. Whilst I would like to think i’m perfect my wife would always say I had perfect intentions and was honest enough to hold my hands up when i get it wrong. So if on the rare occasion I do get it wrong it’s not intentional and i will do my utmost to put it right for you.
Postage: As you can appreciate there is a lot of work needed to bring these tools back to life as a result I do get quite dirty when working in the workshop. I do have to allocate a whole day to postage as a different operation because of this so I pack all orders every Monday and order the collection from Hermes which generally takes 1-2 days to collect. So depending on what day you order it will vary the delivery time. please allow 5 – 10 days for delivery for the UK