Who Made This Ratchet, and How?
I've posted this on the regular tool forum haunts around the web, to no avail. What we have is a Bethlehem Spark Plug Company branded ratchet, but seemingly posessing a Herbrand forge mark. The second ratchet in the pictures is the same ratchet but with the Bonney Shield forge mark, and posessing an October, 1923 date code. We also have a straight Bonney branded ratchet in this design, with no date code, which can be viewed here.
So the question is, in the mid-1920's, why is another forge producing Bonney patented designs? EDIT: I'm not sure why we initially referred to this as a "Bonney Patented" design. I'm attempting to go back through my notes and records to discover the source of that comment. Please see the continuing discussion(s) below.
12/26/2015 - I'm adding yet another forge mark found on the same ratchet. Please pipe up with some information if you have it.
If anyone has insight into the below forge mark, please let us know.