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Object ID # 1997.038.029
Object Name Cap, Distributor
Title Six-Cylinder Distributor Cap
Lexicon category 7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact
Year Range from 1926
Year Range to 1927
Made Unknown
Place of Origin United States of America
Description Six-cylinder automotive distributor cap for a late 1920s Studebaker. The distributor cap is a dark blackish-brown hard plastic (Bakelite) item, with a round base and 7 cylinders protruding from the top. On the bottom of the cap are small metal connectors, one to correspond with each plastic cylinder on the top. There is no lettering or maker's identification on the cap.
The distributor cap is in a natural-coloured cardboard box with a minimal amount of text printed on it. "Distributor Head," "System," "Number 1884" and "Made in U.S.A." were officially printed on the front, while "DR 910 '26-'27 Stude" was added on the top later on in black marker.
Provenance Made in the USA.
Provenance unknown. Last belonged to Fred Parsons of Balmy Beach, Grey County.
Collection Transportation, Automobiles & Equipment Collection
Material Plastic/Cardboard/Metal/Ink
Dimensions H-6.5 Dia-8.8 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function Someone suggested that it might be for a 1926-1927 Studebaker automobile? A distributor is an apparatus for directing the secondary current from the induction coil to the various spark plugs of an engine in their proper firing order.