Antique Wrenches

Wrenches have existed much longer than the cars which we commonly use them on. While the oldest versions of wrenches were actually made by blacksmiths, these weren’t very common. Wrenches didn’t come into popular use until the1800s when bolts and nuts became easily available to the public.

Most antique wrenches are cast, not stamped. The hex in the box end, or the opening in a crescent end were roughly cast, then finished cut to make them the right size for the hardware they were to match.

It is almost impossible to find matched sets of antique wrenches, as early wrenches were bought to perform a specific task. It wasn’t until auto mechanics had to contend with the variety of sizes of hardware on one engine that wrenches began to be sold in sets. Many of those early sets are still in use, in some mechanics tool chest.


antique car tools 7 Cadilac Script Wrenches in Original Cloth Wrap Teens Cadilac
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Antique Monkey Wrench 12 with Wood Handle
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Antique 9 Hammer Wrench Pat 9ZP979 Antique but functional
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Antique large tractor wrench twisted handle 12 inch Pat Feb 27 1883 stamp
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Old Used ToolsAntique 14 13 16 Billings Spencer Auto Kit WrenchExcellent
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Vintage Antique Austin Open End Wrench Spanner Tool 1 2 x 7 16
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Very Vintage Antique Tools Westcott Williams Billings Spencer Ford wrench
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Antique Cast Iron National Vacuum Equipment Co Wrench
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Antique International Harvester wrench 23 1 2 tool signed forged steel USA
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Roderick Lear D 44 Made in USA antique tool combination T wrench signed
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HERBRAND No 272 BRAKE PLIERS antique vintage auto car tool wrench nice condition
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Antique Billings Spencer Co Adjustable Wrench Pat Feb 18th 1879 Graduated RARE
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Rare Antique 3 8 1 BARCALO BUFFALO 6 Wrench set w 1830577 Holder Pat3 1931
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Monkey Wrench 1525 BC Bemis Call Co Railroad Vintage Antique
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AMERICAS ANTIQUES COLORFUL MONKEY WRENCH QUILT c 1930s
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