A little vice

No doubt we all have little vices. We certainly have one at Market Lavington Museum. And here it is.

A small bench vice which can be seen at Market Lavington Museum

A small bench vice which can be seen at Market Lavington Museum

Sadly we know little about it. The vice is about 4 inches from top to bottom Vices of this size are often thought of as being for jewellers or watch makers. Ours belonged to Mr and Mrs Shore who lived in Market Lavington Market Place. Perhaps they just had it for any task that needed a reasonably firm grip on something. It was given to the museum in 1989 when Flo Shore left the old home.

As an aside from the vice, Flo had been born in 1908 in a little cottage just off the churchyard. That is now our museum building.

We know little about the vice. We cannot tell you an age or a manufacturer. It may well have been blacksmith made and therefore quite probably within the local area. Perhaps a tools expert out there in blog land could tell us more.

The vice has clear faults. The handle for tightening the bench clamp is missing and a piece has been broken off that rear table (and what was that for?).

Any information on this would be gratefully received.

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