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Object ID 000856

Object Name Cast Iron Vise

Object Desc Cast iron vise, black and in a horizontally elongated shape. Writing inscription on the side in yellow.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000777

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Tools


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hardware Store

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords vise,Karas Electric Company,bench vise,cast iron,

Title Cast Iron Vise

Description Tool is made of cast iron, black with an inscription painted yellow on the side near the turning handle saying "Karas Electric Co. Chicago". On opposite side of engraving, there is a diamond shape. Tool has a horizontally elongated shape, with a handle at one end which turns and a cylindrical piece at other end which is open on its bottom part. Inside this part there is a thick spiral screw which moves in and out as the handle is turned, opening the tool's jaws.Tool has a circular base in the center and above this base is the central part of the tool where the jaws are located. There are two holes on each side of the base meant to screw the tool onto a surface.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4

Length 9

Width 2.5

Depth 0

Diameter 3.25

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Shape is very irregular. Width refers to the jaws portion. Diameter is for circular base piece. The handle is 4.25 inches long.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Karas Electric Co.

Maker Details Chicago. Karas Electric Company in Chicago was around in the 1920s as makers of tube radios and telegraphs and their components, and were typically not a vise or tool maker at all.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY777



Date JUL 10,2013

Summary Good

Assessor Samanta Pugh

Notes Tool appears to still be functional. Cast iron shows signs of use having scratches all throughout the object and several spots such as white paint ones. In several areas, the black coat has been scratched off revealing a green color underneath. There is rust present particularly on areas near and on the base and on the bottom of the tool. Also on the bottom of the base there are several white marks and a large gold spot.


Date JUL 10,2013

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from Out On Loan - automatic entry by admin

Date JUL 10,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hardware Store from On Loan - automatic entry by admin