Prolific Inventors

Mortimer Lewis

New York, NY - In 1889, The Trow's City Directory of Co-Partnerships & Corporations places Mr. Lewis as a Director of the Prentiss Vise Company. 

Based on this article from the February, 1894 edition of Iron Trade Review, the company was established with $20,000 capital by M. G. Lewis, E. H. Mulford (Treas.) and John E. Mulford (Pres).  This article from the August 8, 1894 edition of Iron Age provides an overview of the vises sold by the company.

By 1904, American Machinist lists them in Bridgeport, CT. 

It is very interesting to note here that both Prentiss and Lewis Tool had the same directors, the Mulford brothers and M. G. Lewis, and at various times, listed the same address at 44 Barclay St., NY.

Mortimer passed away on 5/21/1915.  His obituary notes he was married to Gen. John E. Mulford's daughter.

Mortimer G. Lewis Patents from DATAMP (9 Patents)

Lewis Vise Patent #768,810 - Bench Vise - Assigned to Emmert Manufacturing

Lewis Vise Patent #687,841

Lewis Vise Patent #675,097 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #675,098 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #605,107

Lewis Vise Patent #605,106

Lewis Vise Patent #597,681

Lewis Vise Patent #596,661

Lewis Vise Patent #514,012 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #493,364 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #472,674 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #466,466 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #303,299 -

Lewis Vise Patent #294,137 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #279,260 - Bench Vise

Lewis Vise Patent #231,181 - Pipe Grip ### Assigned to Hall Mfg. Co. ###

Lewis Canadian Patent #19,434

Charles Hanimann patent #802,040 assigned to Mortimer Lewis.

Charles Hanimann patent #805,013 assigned to Mortimer Lewis.

Charles Hanimann patent #816,162 assigned to Mortimer Lewis.

William E. Snediker

Specialized in Post Vises.

William was born in 1830 in Trenton, NJ.  In the 1868 Trenton Directory, he is listed as a Machinist.  In the 1878 Trenton Directory, he is listed as Superintendent of a Vise & Tool Works.  In 1875, 1876, he is simply listed as Superintendent.  In the 1897 Jersey City, NJ Directory, he is listed as a Vise Manufacturer.  In the 1901, 2, 3, Camden, NJ City Directory, he is listed as VP of National Vise & Tool Works, which was incorporated in 1900.

Mr. Snediker's designs were made by National Vise & Tool Works, G. M. Yost Manufacturing Co., and possibly Hermann Boker & Co. (they at least marketed his post leg vise).  DATAMP notes that patent 237,331 was manufactured by Trenton Vise & Tool Works and, it should be noted that the assignee, Mr. Funke Jr., was a partner/owner of Hermann Boker Co. at least as early as 1884, 3 years after the patent was awarded.  During this time, and up until about 1892, Boker owned / operated Trenton Vise & Tool.  Trenton Vise & Tool operations were taken over by Van Wagoner & Williams Hardware ca. 1892.

William E. Snediker Patents from DATAMP (4 Patents)

W. E. Snediker Patent #188,688 - Improvement in Vises

W. E. Snediker Patent #237,331 - Vise - Assigned 1/2 to Herman Funke Jr.

W. E. Snediker Patent #280,769 - Metal Mold for Casting Vises (Also Canadian patent #19,612)

W. E. Snediker Patent #406,181 - Mold for Making Steel Castings

W. E. Snediker Patent #519,008 - Vise

W. E. Snediker Patent #519,028 - Vise

W. E. Snediker Patent #579,022 - Vise

W. E. Snediker Patent #586,370 - Vise

W. E. Snediker Patent #686,484 - Vise

W. E. Snediker Patent #699,585 - Vise

John R. Long

This inventor should be an interesting adventure.  He has a very large amount of Patents.  In October of 1924, he started the Key-Bar Wrench Company in Akron with I. S. Ballard, E. D. Eddy, R. W. Clark and Matthew Eskovitz.

Akron, OH Patent #1,399,632 - Carpenters Vise, Assigned to Akron Wrench & Vise Co.

Akron, OH Patent #1,303,693 - Machinist Vise

Akron, OH Patent #1,299,488 - Automatic Machine Vise

Akron, OH Patent #1,265,218 - Bench Vise

Akron, OH Patent #1,168,318 - Bench Vise

Orrville, OH Patent #1,196,560 - Patternmakers Vise

Akron, OH Patent #1,136,473 - Bench Vise

Akron, OH Patent #1,113,664 - Bench Vise, Assigned to William A. Byrider (Akron)

Akron, OH Patent #1,113,663 - Bench Vise, Assigned to William A. Byrider (Akron)

Akron, OH Patent #958,659 - Bench Vise

Warren, PA Patent #958,658 - Bench Vise

Akron, OH Patent #732,760 - Pipe Vise

Akron, OH Patent #732,759 - Pipe Vise

Akron, OH Patent #732,758 - Pipe Vise

Akron, OH Patent #742,096 - Bench Vise

Akron, OH Patent #732,761 - Bench Vise

Akron, OH Patent #732,757 - Bench Vise

Warren, PA Patent #719,348 - Bench Vise

Akron, OH Patent #714,208 - Pipe Vise, Assigned to Jacobson Machine Mfg. Co. (Warren, PA)

Warren, PA Patent #713,121 - Bench Vise

Warren, PA Patent #710,482 - Bench Vise

Springfield, OH Patent #667,152 - Permutation Vise, Assigned to John Cray (Springfield, OH) DATAMP identifies production by Jacobson (Warren, PA)

Springfield, OH Patent #684,992 - Vise

Akron, OH Patent #684,443 - Vise

Springfield, OH Patent #667,151 - Vise, Assigned 1/2 to John Cray (Springfield, OH)

Kenmore, OH Patent #1,548,201 - Vise

Los Angeles, CA Patent #1,940,261 - Vise