Hand Drill - Metal, Circa 1848. This drill was used for making holes in wooden posts for post and rail fences. Probably last used early this century, on one of the farms attached to a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia

Physical Description

Drill for hand-drilling of post and rail fence. It consists of a long, solid metal pipe, shaped at one end into a large brace (as in brace and bit), a long neck, flattened at the other end into a small circular piece, out of which protrudes, at right angles, a very short foot rest. Beyond this the pipe tapers to a point, which is hollowed out on one side. At the brace end is a wooden handle and there is a free-moving metal piping handle in the U of the brace.


Example of building equipment used in a psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia

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