Babbitt Metal Bar

Babbitt Metal Bar

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Babbitt metal is an alloy suitable for use on bearing surfaces. The name refers to Isaac Babbitt (1799-1863), a goldsmith from Taunton, Mass., who developed an anti-friction alloy in 1839. The inscriptions on the front of this metal bar read “SYRACUSE SMELTING WORKS / MANGANESE / BABBITT / NEW YORK CITY” and “MADE IN AMERICA.” That on the back reads “ALLOWED UNDER / STANLEY PROCESS.” The Syracuse Smelting Works advertised “METALS AND BABBITS” in 1917, and registered the Indian with feather headdress trademark (as found here) the following year.
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babbitt metal bar
overall: 11/16 in x 8 3/4 in x 2 1/8 in; 1.74625 cm x 22.225 cm x 5.3975 cm
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