William Marples Hand Brace - Ultimatum

william marples ultimatum brace
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Reviewed By: I.Ball

Category: Old Braces

Manufacturer: William Marples

Tool Type: Hand Brace

Model No: Ultimatum

The William Marples Ultimatum brace is a stunning old brace made from ebony and brass.

The beautifully formed ebony frame is interlocked with heavy solid brass sections along with an ebony button head inlaid with an ivory ring.

This combination of the ebony and thick brass parts gave the Ultimatum brace a substantial weight.

The brace is inscribed with various inscriptions on the brace plate faces including 'by her Majesty’s Royal Fellers Patent' as well as an inscription of the royal coat of arms.

william marples ultimatum hand brace

The button handle has an inlaid ivory ring, a brass ring and a circular brass medallion.

The William Marples Ultimatum brace was the ‘Rolls Royce’ of hand braces and it obvious to see why, even over 100 years on the brace still looks very classy and expensive.

The Marples Ultimatum brace holds the old style of drill bits which have a four edged tang with a notch cut into the tang.

These braces can have an owners name inscribed on them. Due to cost and prestige of these braces at the time, these inscriptions are nearly always skilfully marked.

It should be noted there is also a Robert Marples 'Ultimatum' brace.


Brace Markings

william marples ultimatum hand brace

"William Marples Sole Manufactured of Ultimatum framed brace, Sheffield" (along with an inscription of the Royal coat of arms) – found on the brace section towards the front end of the brace.

"Hibernia, by her Majesty’s Royal Fellers Patent" - found on the brace section towards the rear end of the brace.

"William Marples & Sons, Sheffield, Hibernia" with the Shamrock symbol - found on the button handle.


Brace Dimensions

Length: 345mm (13 1/2 inch)


Manufactured Dates

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