Great garage find in Hinsdale, IL. I loved the shape and patina of this old tool. The handle shows Champion, and this was a hoot to research since so many companies use the “champion” label. However, there are few clues. I found a blog online relating to old wrenches (who knew?) but old tools are collectible for their durability, patina, and rustic charm!
The blog mentioned that while the Syracuse Wrench Company did not always use an identifying stamp, they did mark the S curved wrench including 504A (see pics) and other similar numbers. This wrench was probably made around 1906 – 1923 which are years the Syracuse Wrench Company was in business. There seems to be some confusion whether the company was purchased or just stopped production.
Also, I think this open ended wrench was drop forged whereby hot metal is forced into a die and then hammered. The forging of the metal increases the strength and durability of the tool.
Length - 10" Width (of handle) - 1"
I usually put some of my older hand tools in a mason jar for display, but I have seen people hang them up, and one inventive lady created a rustic wind chime of her old tools. I think I will have to continue to buy a few older tools and research them. It was fascinating to see the passion of the collectors…and fun! I’d love to hear your thoughts, too!
Hinsdale, IL, a village west of Chicago. This area was the last Native American held land in Illinois, and was ceded to the U.S. in 1833 by the Potawatomie, Chippewa, and Ottawa Indian nations. Today, Hinsdale has the only operating grist mill in the state of Illinois.