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Object ID # 1991.018.003
Object Name Wrench
Title Ratchet Wrench
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 20th-century
Artist BOG, Chicago, U.S.A.
Made Guaranteed Products Mfg.
Place of Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Description Ratchet wrench for square nuts. A ratchet is "a mechanism that consists of a bar or wheel having inclined teeth into which a pawl drops so that motion can be imparted...in a hand tool (as a wrench or screwdriver) to allow effective motion in one direction only." [Webster's 9th New Collegiate Dictionary, p. 976]. This wrench has a straight shank and a rounded head with a square hole. The opposite side of the shank has a square hole for hanging. It has a mark that looks like BOG or "B" and "G" with a vertical oval between them. Also engraved on the wrench is the text "Guaranteed Products Mfg." and "Chicago, U.S.A."
Makers mark It has a mark that looks like BOG or "B" and "G" with a vertical oval between them. Also has "GUARANTEED PRODUCTS MFG." and "CHICAGO, U.S.A."
Provenance This is a pre-1929 item used by Patti Buchanan's grandfather at the WHITE ROSE garage at Holland Centre, Grey County. WHITE ROSE was a gasoline brandname.

Ms. Buchanan's father, Bill Buchanan (1929-1990), also was a garageman at Holland Centre, and this item was found amongst his garage tools after he passed away.
Collection Transportation, Automobiles & Equipment Collection
Material Metal
Dimensions W-4.2 L-24.3 D-1.6 cm
Found Holland Centre, Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
Function The type of wrench used for tightening or loosening square nuts (the type used before hexagonal or octagonal nuts were).