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Bethlehem Spark Plug Co ratchet set

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Old 11-10-2008, 11:33:41 AM
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Default Bethlehem Spark Plug Co ratchet set

As I was cleaning out my shed, I came across my old set of Bethlehem Spark Plug Co sockets/ratchet. In a hinged wood box about 6" x 12" (from memory, didn't measure). Ratchet is a flat 'one way' ratchet with an open hex drive through it. You flip the wrench over to change directions. Put a hex bit in the ratchet, and then the socket on the other end of the hex drive. About a dozen or so sockets about 3/8" or so up to 1" or so, plus then a small box with smaller sockets.

Haven't come across a similar one before, but then again haven't been looking. Any info on their history?

No photos, but if anyone is interested I will try to get some.


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Default Re: Bethlehem Spark Plug Co ratchet set

These were probably made in the 1920s. There's an excellent website called Alloy-Artifacts which has good pictures and histories of most US tool companies of the 20th century and shows a couple Bethlehem socket sets and ratchets.
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