Spitler Puncture Plug Set (shown with inner tube)

This Spitler Puncture plug was used to repair automobile tires. The brass plug consisted of three parts, a disk, cap, and lock cap. The disk went inside the tire, the frictionless cap went on top to plug the hole, and the lock cap screwed on to keep the plug in place.
Early automobile enthusiasts had to cope with bad roads which damaged their tires. And the tires themselves also contributed to regular blow outs: the first automobile tires were usually adaptations of bicycle tires. They were highly pressurized, and often failed.
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Francis Hemminger
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