Spitler Puncture Plug Set (shown with inner tube)

Description:

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.

Date Made: 1915

Location: Currently not on view

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

Exhibition:

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Credit Line: Francis Hemminger

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1982.0321.01.01Catalog Number: 1982.0321.01.0182.0321.01Accession Number: 1982.0321

Object Name: Puncture Plug SetOther Terms: Puncture Plug Set; Road

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 in; 2.54 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-9a87-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_844467

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