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Hubcap wrench
Catalog #: 336,557, Accession #: 1978.0414
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Physical Description
artifact. 10 5/8" L , 3 1/4 hex hub cap opening on one end, 1 1/2 inch on other, with two spanner posts; malleable iron wrench
Date Made:
about 1915
Gift of William J. Masters

Early cars required frequent maintenance and repairs. Many machinists, blacksmiths, bicycle mechanics, and others started auto repair shops. New-car dealers and gasoline stations also offered repairs, and most cities had garages that stored, cleaned, fueled, and serviced automobiles.

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