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: 1960sDate Made: ca. 1960sUsed Date: 1840- Present

Maker: unknown

Subject: Railroads


See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad, Work, America on the Move, Transportation

Exhibition: America On The Move

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Kevin Bose

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0075.07Accession Number: 2002.0075Catalog Number: 2002.0075.07

Object Name: Hammer

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-18dc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1212996

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