Hammer

Description
This type of short, heavy hammer was used for pounding out stuck bolts, used with a punch to pound out rivets whose heads had been cut off, used to hammer on chisels, and used for all kinds of jobs with piping and for boiler and mechanical work. Master mechanic Kevin Bose used this particular hammer at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the historic roundhouse there. The head dates from the 1960s, with a handle made by Mr. Bose.
This tool is part of a collection of hand tools used in the inspection and repair of steam locomotives in the early- to the mid-20th century, roughly 1900-1955. Light repairs on steam locomotives were usually done in roundhouses at the many small locomotive terminals throughout a railroad's system; heavy repairs were done in a large, centralized repair shop serving the whole system (often referred to as the "Back Shop").
Date made
1960s
used date
1840- Present
maker
unknown
Physical Description
wood (handle material)
steel (head material)
Measurements
overall: 12 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 1 1/16 in; 32.385 cm x 12.065 cm x 2.6609 cm
ID Number
2002.0075.07
accession number
2002.0075
catalog number
2002.0075.07
Credit Line
Gift of Kevin Bose
subject
Railroads
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Work
America on the Move
Transportation
Exhibition
AOTM
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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