Yes, it's British, and it's probably pre-WWII. Parkinson's were one of the "big names" in cast metal vices between the wars (others being Woden, Rededa, Marples and Record). During WWII they all appeasr to have stopped making vices to concentrate on war production. Because of the continuing need the MoS (Ministry of Supply) awarded the contract for a sole vice maker to a firm of cast-iron grate makers called Fred Parry in Rotherham (later called Paramore) - but using Record's casting patterns! I know that Record (C & J Hampton), Woden and Marples started up again after the war (both Woden and Marples were later to be taken over by Record), whilst Paramore continued making near copies of the Record products, but my understanding is that Rededa and Parkinson didn't recommence.
Parkinson's were one of the first firms in the UK to produce a quick release vice (from what I've seen before WWI) and to date I've only seen two styles of vice, earlier and later models. I've stripped and refurbed both in the past. Any chance of a photo so I can identify yours? Main things to watch for are cracks in the jaws (bad news), soft spring (the use a flat coiled spring a bit like those in a clock) and missing/damaged split nut
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Last edited by Phil P; 03-09-2013 at 10:14 AM.