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.
Lewis Vise Patent #768,810 - Bench Vise - Assigned to Emmert Manufacturing
Lewis Vise Patent #675,097 - Bench Vise
Lewis Vise Patent #675,098 - Bench Vise
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 #294,137 - Bench Vise
Lewis Vise Patent #279,260 - Bench Vise
Lewis Vise Patent #231,181 - Pipe Grip ### Assigned to Hall Mfg. Co. ###
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.
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.
Springfield, OH Patent #667,152 - Permutation Vise, Assigned to John Cray (Springfield, OH) DATAMP identifies production by Jacobson (Warren, PA)