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Antique BILLINGS Wrench Tool Collection Vintage Double Open End Wrench - $20 (Clinton)

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Very nice vintage wrench collection of 4 Billings wrenches dating from 1915 - 1947


- Model # 1570 : 1/2 x 11/16 Textile-Pattern Open-End Wrench … circa 1926 … overall length is 8.25 inches …


- Model # 1571 : 13/16 x 7/8 Textile-Pattern Open-End Wrench … circa 1915-1926 … overall length is 8.25 inches


Information regarding # 1570 & 1571 : Billings offered numerous models in a style called "Textile Wrenches", open-end wrenches with a 22.5 degree head offset, presumably originally intended for servicing looms and other textile machinery. This type of machinery often used square nuts, for which the 22.5 degree offset provided optimal access.



- Model # C-31 : 25/32 x 7/8 Circa 1920’s. C-Series : a line of carbon-steel wrenches with unusual (for Billings) forged-in markings. Marked with "Billings" and a "B & S" logo forged into the shank, with "Made in U.S.A." forged into the back side. The overall length is 8 inches.



- Model # M-1725-B : 1/2 x 9/16 Circa 1937-1947 Wartime Years. M-Series Vitalloy Open-End Wrenches : Duo-Forged Paneled Design open-end wrench with the standard panel markings. The face is stamped "Made U.S.A." with the B-Triangle logo. The overall length is 4.3 inches and the finish on the tool suggests that this wrench may have been manufactured during the wartime years 1942-1945.


Information about model M1725B : In 1937 Billings filed an application for its "Vitalloy" trademark, a marking for alloy steel use not tied to a specific metal composition. The adoption of this new trademark was probably the occasion for a redesign of their wrench styles, as around this time Billings started using a paneled shank design for its alloy-steel wrenches, with smoothly contoured oval depressions on each side of the shank. The standard markings for this design were forged into the panels, and consisted of the B-Triangle logo in between "Billings" and "Vitalloy"

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