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The New Britain Machine Company

[Decal from a None Better Socket Set]
Decal from a None Better Socket Set, ca. 1930s.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The New Britain Machine Company was a diverse manufacturer best known as a maker of automatic screw machines, but also the maker of products ranging from garden tractors to metal work benches to hand tools. Over its long history the company sold tools under its own New Britain and None Better brands, as well as the familiar Husky and Blackhawk brands acquired from other companies.

The company has appeared previously in our article on Craftsman "BE" and H-Circle Tools as the contract manufacturer of the familiar older tools. In this page we'll take a closer look at the company, and show examples of the tools New Britain made under its various brands, including None Better and Husky.

Company History

[1912 Advertisement for New Britain Work Bench]
1912 Advertisement for New Britain Work Bench. [External Link]

The New Britain Machine Company was founded in 1887 in New Britain, Connecticut. By the early 1900s the company was offering sockets and drive tools, intended primarily for automotive service, a rapidly growing market at that time. These early tools were sold under either the New Britain or "None Better" brand, the latter name a play on the letters "NB" for New Britain.

The advertisement at the left was published on page 429 of the July, 1912 edition of Automobile Trade Journal and shows a work bench (actually a vise stand) offered by New Britain Machine.


The Husky Brand

In the early 1930s New Britain Machine acquired the Husky brand (and presumably production facilities) from the Husky Corporation of Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Husky Corporation had been established in 1924 as the Husky Wrench Company in Milwaukee, and during the 1920s had developed a well-regarded line of socket tools. (See our article on the Husky Wrench Company for more information.) By the late 1920s Husky even had a cooperative sales agreement with the giant J.H. Williams, supplying the first sockets sold by the latter company.

So far we haven't been able to find any details regarding the acquisition of Husky by New Britain, as the Husky name just seems to disappear from the public records around 1931 or 1932. If any of our readers have information on this, please let us know.

As a division of New Britain Machine, the Husky brand became very well known over the following decades. During the 1930s and 1940s Husky brand tools were sold with the same design and style as the popular Craftsman BE and H-Circle tools of the time. The Husky brand continued in production until at least the 1970s.


The Craftsman Contract

In the mid 1930s New Britain landed a major contract as the supplier of sockets and drive tools for the Sears Craftsman line. Although not the very earliest Craftsman-branded socket tools, New Britain's line of "BE" and H-Circle tools were extremely popular and helped establish Craftsman as a serious brand for the automotive service market. (The interested reader can refer to our article on Craftsman "BE" and H-Circle Tools for more information.)

During the 1940s the company continued to expand its automotive service line under the New Britain brand. After about 1945, New Britain's Sears contract declined as the older socket tools were replaced by the new "V"-series tools. Some of the older sockets were still listed in the 1947 catalog, but by 1949 only the "V" series tools were shown.

In the early 1950s New Britain registered the "Mustang" trademark and used it for a line of economy-grade tools, with a design very similar to the older style used for the Craftsman contract.


The NAPA Connection

[New Britain NAPA 50th Anniversary Wrench]
Fig. 1. New Britain NAPA 50th Anniversary Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, 1975.

New Britain was a long-time tool supplier for the NAPA auto parts stores, a large retail chain managed by the National Auto Parts Association. This supplier arrangement was definitely in place by the late 1940s, based on a magazine advertisement of the time, and possibly began much earlier. (NAPA was established in 1925.)

New Britain remained as a supplier to NAPA until at least the mid 1970s. Fig. 1 shows a New Britain NAPA 50th anniversary wrench from 1975, a 9/32x5/16 ignition wrench.


Acquisition of Blackhawk

In 1955 New Britain acquired the Blackhawk hand tool brand (and production equipment) from Blackhawk Manufacturing of Milwaukee. (The 1955 date was found in a newspaper article during a search of news archives.) For several years prior to this Blackhawk had been revamping its tool division, perhaps in anticipation of a sale, and the 1953 Blackhawk catalog W-101 showed numerous changes to the product line compared to prior catalogs. Blackhawk remained an important brand for New Britain Machine for many years, and in fact New Britain adopted some of Blackhawk's designs for its own "New Britain" branded tools. (Refer to our article on Blackhawk Manufacturing for more information on this important company.)


Later History

In 1972 New Britain Machine was acquired by Litton Industrial Products, an industrial and aerospace company. (The date for the acquisition is given as December 22, 1972 in correspondence contained in the files for the "Husky" trademark #882,793.) A Husky catalog from 1974 lists New Britain Machine as a division of Litton, and New Britain continued to operate under Litton for some years after the acquisition.


Patents

Table 1. New Britain Machine Company: Issued and Licensed Patents
Patent No.InventorFiledIssuedDescriptionExamples
1,289,558 R.F. Sedgley02/05/191612/31/1918Hex Wrench Socket Holder None Better 1/4-Hex Drive Socket Set
1,386,708 J.C. Hurley08/22/191908/09/1921Wrench with Ratchet Gear None Better Ratchet Handle
1,438,900 H.H. Chase10/04/192112/12/1922Socket Wrench Container None Better Hex Drive Socket Set
2,030,138 W.F. Costello06/19/193502/11/1936Tool Set Container Craftsman "BE" Midget Socket Set
2,206,943 W.F. Costello12/04/193707/09/1940Ratchet Wrench New Britain NS40 1/2-Drive Ratchet
2,542,241 J.A. Fors10/23/194602/20/1951Ratchet Wrench Husky CS41 1/2-Drive Ratchet
2,554,990 L.E. Kilness11/18/194905/29/1951Ratchet Mechanism Husky CS42 1/2-Drive Ratchet
2,671,368 F. Diebold01/24/195203/09/1954Open-End Wrench New Britain NDF-518 "Nut Master" Wrench
2,981,389 L.E. Kilness07/05/195704/25/1961Ratchet Mechanism Husky CS42 1/2-Drive Ratchet

Trademarks

New Britain Machine registered and used a number of trademarks over the years. The "New Britain" name itself was registered with the first use listed as 1895, although the company catalogs usually give the founding date as 1887.

The "None Better" trademark was registered with the first use listed as 1917, although some advertisements appear to have used the mark as early as 1915.

The "Husky" trademark was originally registered in 1924 by Sigmund Mandl for the Husky Wrench Company. The trademark was acquired by New Britain with their purchase of the Husky Corporation, and then renewed in 1944. In 1968 New Britain filed a trademark application for "Husky" in block letters, and the registration was issued as #882,793 on December 23, 1969. This is the trademark that was subsequently passed to Litton Industrial Products and eventually to Stanley.

Table 2. New Britain Machine: Registered Trademarks
Description First Use Date Filed Date Issued Registration Notes
New Britain 08/01/1895 07/02/1924 03/10/1925 195,981 Text on a curved arc.
None Better 01/01/1917 07/02/1924 03/10/1925 195,979 Mentions wrenches and socket sets
NB-Circle [Logo] 01/01/1919 07/02/1924 02/17/1925 195,032 Mentions wrenches and socket sets
Husky 01/29/1924 02/09/1924 07/22/1924 186,808 Originally filed by Sigmund Mandl
Renewed July 22,1944 by New Britain Machine
Husky 01/29/1924 10/30/1968 12/23/1969 882,793 Block text
Mustang 01/01/1954 02/09/1961 12/18/1962 742,301 Used for Socket Wrenches

Manufacturing Dates

New Britain Wrench Styles

  • Ribbed Style.

    During the 1930s and early 1940s New Britain made wrenches with a raised rib running most of the length of the shank.

  • "Double-Groove" Panelled Style.

    One of New Britain's more distinctive wrench designs featured forged panels with two deep grooves along the handle, which we'll call the "Double-Groove" style for lack of a better term. These wrenches were produced in open-end, tappet, box-end, and combination styles, and all were assigned NDF-xxx model numbers. Most of the known examples have a plain steel or black oxide finish, but some have chrome plated finishes.

    The production dates for this style are somewhat uncertain, but the midpoint time appears to be the late 1940s. Catalog 57M from around 1947 shows the Double-Groove style in most of its wrench illustrations, and in addition, New Britain magazine advertisements from the late 1940s show the Double-Groove style for wrenches. The earlier 56M catalog from 1940-1941 shows the NDF-series wrench shanks with a single panel or rib, which is probably the earlier "Ribbed" style shown in previous figures. By the time of catalog 58 in 1952, New Britain had switched to a simpler flat-shank style for its wrenches, presumed to be the successor to the Double-Groove style. Thus the likely dates of production for the Double-Groove wrenches are from the mid 1940s to around 1950, and we'll use 1944-1950 as the stated range in the following figures.

  • Flat-Shank Style.

    Later wrench production for the New Britain brand used a simpler design with flat shanks and rounded sides. The standard finish for this style was chrome plating with polished faces.

    The flat-shank style appears to have been introduced in the late 1940s, as a combination wrench in this style has been spotted in a magazine advertisement from August of 1948.

    The flat-shank style was also used for later production of the None Better brand.


References and Resources

Photographs and observations of particular tools are based on items in the Alloy Artifacts collection.


Catalog Coverage

New Britain tools were sold under various brand names, and different catalogs were issued for the respective brands. Our current catalog resources are summarized in the table below.

Table 3. New Britain Machine Company Catalog Resources
Brand Catalog No. Year Format Notes
None Better No. 38 1938 Full Both tapered-wall (S12xx) and straight-wall (T12xx) sockets listed.
S40 reversible ratchet available.
None Better No. 39 1939 Mini  
New Britain No. 56-M 1940 Half Full line of service tools offered.
New Britain No. 57M 1947 Half Wrenches illustrated with "Double-Groove" panelled style.
None Better No. 48M 1948 Half Wrenches illustrated with flat shanks.
Sockets illustrated with knurled band.
New Britain No. 58 1952 Full Wrenches illustrated with flat-shank style.
New Britain No. 59-M 1959 Half, Mini  
New Britain No. 401-M 1966 Mini  
Husky No. 880 1970 Full Wrenches illustrated in flat-shank style
Husky No. 529A 1974 Full New Britain Division of Litton Industries.
Wrenches in raised panel style.

The None Better (NB) Brand

Most if not all of New Britain's early tool production was marked with the None Better brand, either as the fully spelled-out words or with the equivalent NB-Circle logo.


Early Tools


None Better Hurley Patent Ratchet Handle

[None Better Hurley Patent Ratchet Handle]
Fig. 2. None Better Hurley Patent Ratchet Handle, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1920s.

Fig. 2 shows an unusual ratchet handle with open teeth, marked with "None Better" forged into the handle, with "Made in U.S.A. by The New Britain Machine Co." and "Pat'd 8-9-21" forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 8.0 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

The handle is very well made of hardened and polished steel, but the operation was a bit of a mystery until the patent document was located.

A search for patents on the stated date found this tool described by patent #1,386,708, filed in 1919 by J.C. Hurley and issued in 1921. The patent illustration clarifies the operation of the tool, as it shows that the ratchet handle was designed to work with special sockets, each having a matching set of teeth. The sockets were held in place by a detent ball in the handle, not visible in the photograph. (This handle was acquired without any matching sockets.)


None Better 1/2-Hex Drive Hurley Patent Ratchet

[None Better Hurley Patent Ratchet]
Fig. 3. None Better Hurley Patent Ratchet, with Insets for Reverse and Side View, ca. 1920s.

Fig. 3 shows an example of the None Better Hurley patent ratchet with a 1/2-hex drive stud adapter, allowing it to work with ordinary hex drive sockets. The ratchet is marked with "None Better" forged into the handle on one side, with "Made in U.S.A. by The New Britain Machine Co." and "Pat'd 8-9-21" on the reverse.

The overall length is 8.0 inches.

During the 1920s None Better supplied this ratchet with sets of hex drive sockets.


Carbon-Steel and Economy Tools

New Britain Machine continued to offer a line of lower-priced carbon steel tools well after alloy steel had become standard for the higher-quality product line. These products were marked with the "None Better" or "Husky" brands; as far as is known, no economy tools were sold under the main New Britain name.


None Better No. 3 1/2-Hex Drive Socket Set

[None Better No. 3 1/2-Hex Drive Socket Set]
Fig. 4. None Better No. 3 1/2-Hex Drive Socket Set, with Inset for Top View.

Fig. 4 shows an early 1/2-hex drive None Better No. 3 socket set in a flip-top metal case, consisting of six hex sockets and an ell handle. The ell handle is stamped "Made by The New Britain Mach. Co." and "Made in U.S.A.", and the top cover is marked with a well-worn decal showing the NB-Circle logo. The model number for the set is not marked, but was identified by reference to the 1938 None Better catalog.

The socket sizes are, from left to right, 7/8, 3/4, 11/16, 5/8, 9/16, and 1/2. The sockets are marked only with the fractional sizes separated by a dash, e.g. 7-8. The finish is plain steel.


None Better 1/2-Hex Drive Ell Handle from No. 3 Set

[None Better 1/2-Hex Drive Ell Handle]
Fig. 5. None Better 1/2-Hex Drive Ell Handle, with Insets for Marking Detail.

Fig. 5 shows the 1/2-hex drive ell handle from the None Better No. 3 socket set, stamped "Made by The New Britain Mach. Co." with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 7.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


None Better 1/2-Hex Drive 7/8 Socket from No. 3 Set

[None Better 1/2-Hex Drive 7/8 Socket]
Fig. 6. None Better 1/2-Hex Drive 7/8 Socket, with Inset for Broaching.

Fig. 6 shows the 1/2-hex drive 7/8 socket from the None Better No. 3 socket set above, stamped "7-8" for the fractional size. The finish is plain steel.

The inset shows the cold-broached construction of the socket, with a recess below the broached area. Note the attention to detail on this socket -- a tapered lip at the top and bottom, concave indentations on the service opening, and a band of cross-hatched knurling to help with hand-turning. New Britain Machine was a major manufacturer of the automatic screw machines (lathes) used to produce sockets of this type, and the company may have been one of the first makers of screw machine sockets.


None Better No. 177 1/4-Hex Drive Socket Set

[None Better No. 177 1/4-Hex Drive Socket Set]
Fig. 7. None Better No. 177 1/4-Hex Drive Socket Set, with Insets for Broaching and Detail.

Fig. 7 shows a None Better No. 177 1/4-hex drive socket set, consisting of seven sockets with a hexagonal Ell-handle fitted to a metal case. The model number is not marked, but the set was identified by reference to the 1938 None Better catalog.

The case has a decal at the end with the NB-Circle logo, shown in the inset at the right, and the center inset shows the date "Patented Dec. 12, 1922" stamped on the bottom.

The sockets range in size from 1/4 to 7/16 and are broached for 6-points, except for one special socket (third from the right) with a knurled broach. (This type of socket was needed to remove the knurled nuts used on some radios of the time.) The sockets are marked "Made in U.S.A." with a cross-hatched band around the center, and are finished with cadmium plating.

The patent date on the bottom of the case refers to patent #1,438,900, issued to H.H. Chase and describing a socket holder case such as this one, with the sockets held in place by the handle. The 1938 None Better catalog refers to this as a "Handle Lock Container", and notes that the No. 177 set was one of their best sellers at the time. The list price was $0.57.

The Ell-handle is marked "Made in U.S.A." with a "Pat. Dec. 31, 1918" patent date, which was found to refer to patent #1,289,558, issued to R.F. Sedgley. This patent describes a hex L-handle which can serve as both the driver and for socket storage, with the sockets pushed onto the handle and retained by a friction ball. Although no assignment is noted in the patent document, it was apparently licensed and used by New Britain Machine.

None Better offered a similar No. 77 set with the same sockets as this set, but with the sockets stored on the handle instead of a metal case. The list price for the No. 77 set was just $0.54.


None Better 1/2-Hex Drive Sockets

[None Better 1/2-Hex Drive 12-Point Sockets]
Fig. 8. None Better 1/2-Hex Drive 12-Point Sockets, with Inset for Broaching.

Fig. 8 shows an group of 1/2-hex drive sockets, identified by a catalog illustration as None Better carbon steel sockets. The sockets are marked "Made in U.S.A." and have a shallow knurled band around the base.


None Better No. 761 1/2-Hex Drive Socket Set

[None Better No. 761 1/2-Hex Drive Socket Set]
Fig. 9. None Better No. 761 1/2-Hex Drive Socket Set, with Insets for Side View and Marking Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 9 shows a 1/2-hex drive None Better No. 761 socket set, consisting of six double-hex sockets stored on the shank of an Ell handle. The Ell handle is stamped "Made in U.S.A." with a "Patented Dec. 12, 1922" patent date. The model number for the set was identified by reference to the 1938 None Better catalog.

The overall length is 6.5 inches, and the finish is cadmium plating.

The socket sizes are, from the right, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, and 7/8. Each socket is stamped "Made in U.S.A." with the fractional size, and the finish is cadmium plating.

The patent date refers to patent #1,438,900, filed by H.H. Chase in 1921.


New Britain 751 Stamped-Steel Wrench

[New Britain 751 3/8x7/16 Stamped-Steel Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 10. New Britain 751 3/8x7/16 Stamped-Steel Box-End Wrench.

Fig. 10 shows a New Britain 751 3/8x7/16 box-end wrench of stamped-steel construction, part of a set originally held together with a screw. The wrench is marked "New Britain, Conn." and "Made in U.S.A." on the front.

The overall length is 5.0 inches.


New Britain 756 Stamped-Steel Wrench

[New Britain 756 15/16x1 Stamped-Steel Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 11. New Britain 756 15/16x1 Stamped-Steel Box-End Wrench.

Fig. 11 shows a similar New Britain 756 15/16x1 stamped-steel box-end wrench, marked "New Britain, Conn." and "Made in U.S.A." on the front.

The overall length is 7.5 inches.

The New Britain stamped-steel box wrenches are very similar to the Indestro 14x-series wrenches, suggesting that Indestro may have been the contract maker for New Britain. An example can be seen as the Indestro 144 Stamped-Steel Box Wrench.


1/2-Drive Socket Tools

During the 1930s (and possibly earlier) None Better offered a wide selection of 1/2 (square) drive sockets and tools. These tools were of carbon-steel construction with cadmium finishes, and were priced inexpensively to meet the needs of automobile owners or other occasional uses.

The tools in these sets were typically marked with just "Made in U.S.A.", without a company name or model number, and some tools may be difficult to identify once removed from the context of the set. The sockets can be identified by the characteristic parallel knurled band around the base, along with the "Made in U.S.A." marking, as other makers of similar sockets used different marking styles.


None Better 1/2-Drive Sliding Tee Handle

[None Better 1/2-Drive Sliding Tee Handle]
Fig. 12. None Better 1/2-Drive Sliding Tee Handle, with Inset for Construction Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 12 shows a 1/2-drive None Better sliding Tee handle, stamped "Made in U.S.A." on the head. Note that the knurled band is similar to that found on None Better sockets.

The inset shows the female-only drive head, intended for use with a drive plug or double-male extension. This example is one of the earlier models; by 1938 the sliding Tee handles were being equipped with both male and female drive.


None Better 1/2-Drive Universal

[None Better 1/2-Drive Universal and Drive Plug]
Fig. 13. None Better 1/2-Drive Universal and Drive Plug.

Fig. 13 shows a 1/2-drive None Better double-female universal with a double-male drive plug. Both pieces are marked "Made in U.S.A." but without a company name or model number, but the 1938 None Better catalog lists the universal as number 13590 and the drive plug as a number 12648.


None Better 1/2-Drive Open-Style Ratchet

[None Better 1/2-Drive Ratchet]
Fig. 14. None Better 1/2-Drive Open-Style Ratchet, with Inset for Side View, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 14 shows a 1/2-drive None Better open-style ratchet with a drive plug, stamped "Made in U.S.A." on the flat handle.

The overall length is 9.0 inches, and the finish is a thin cadmium plating.

Although not marked with a model number, the 1937 catalog lists the ratchet as number 12654, and the drive plug as number 12648.

This ratchet was one of the drive tools included in the None Better No. 536W Socket Set below.


None Better 1/2-Drive 7 Inch Double-Male Extension

[None Better 1/2-Drive 7 Inch Double-Male Extension]
Fig. 15. None Better 1/2-Drive 7 Inch Double-Male Extension, with Inset for Marking Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 15 shows a 1/2-drive None Better 7 inch double-male extension, stamped "Made in U.S.A." on the shank.

The overall length is 7.5 inches, and the finish is plain steel, with traces of cadmium plating.

This extension is one of the drive tools from the None Better No. 536W Socket Set below.


None Better 1/2-Drive 31/32 Socket

[None Better 1/2-Drive 31/32 Socket]
Fig. 16. None Better 1/2-Drive 31/32 Socket, with Inset for Broaching, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 16 shows a 1/2-drive None Better 31/32 socket with a double-hex broaching, stamped "Made in U.S.A." on the side. The base of the socket has a simple knurled band, the design used by None Better for carbon-steel sockets in both square and hex drive.

The finish is cadmium plating.

This is one of the sockets from the None Better No. 536W Socket Set below.


None Better No. 536W 1/2-Drive Socket Set

[None Better No. 536W 1/2-Drive Socket Set]
Fig. 17. None Better No. 536W 1/2-Drive Socket Set, ca. Mid 1930s.

Fig. 17 shows a None Better No. 536W 1/2-drive socket set in its metal case, identified by the None Better decal and model number on the inside cover. The set includes an extensive collection of double-hex sockets, plus square sockets, drive tools, and a valve grinder attachment. The sockets and tools are all stamped "Made in U.S.A." (except for one or two), but are not marked with model numbers or the company name. The finish is cadmium plating.

The set as shown is almost complete, based on the description in the 1938 None Better catalog. The missing pieces are the Ell handle and 7/8 double-hex socket.

The double-hex socket sizes are, from the left in the top row, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 17/32, 9/16, 19/32, 5/8, 21/32, 11/16, 3/4, 25/32, 13/16, 7/8 (missing), 15/16, and 31/32. Three more double-hex sockets appear in the lower right corral, with sizes 1 inch, 1-1/8, and 1-1/4.

The drive tools consist of a speeder, a ratchet with drive plug, an Ell handle (missing), a double-male extension, and a universal joint. Also included is a valve-grinding attachment, shown in the lower right corner.

This set was likely made in the early to mid 1930s, based on the inclusion of double-hex sockets but square rather than double-square sockets. Still earlier sets would likely have included hex sockets, and by 1938 the None Better catalog was specifying double-square sockets for this set.


[Close-up of Decal for None Better No. 536W Set]
Fig. 18. Close-up of Decal for None Better No. 536W Set, ca. Mid 1930s.

Fig. 18 shows a close-up of the decal on the inside cover of the No. 536W set. This is the standard decal used on sets from None Better, and a similar decal appears on the top cover of this set.

The upper part of the decal shows the NB-Circle logo with "None Better" and "New Britain" arranged in a circle. Below that is "Made in U.S.A.", then "The New Britain Machine Co." with "New Britain, Conn" at the bottom.

The model number for the set is printed below the decal.


None Better Wrenches and Other Tools

In the 1930s the None Better wrenches were offered in a mix of styles, with some showing smooth shanks and others with raised oval panels on both sides. Some of this variation may have been due to the use of contract production from different makers. In particular, Barcalo Manufacturing is believed to have supplied the raised-panel wrenches.


None Better 4734 Open-End Wrench

[None Better 4734 19/32x11/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 19. None Better 4734 19/32x11/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 19 shows a None Better 4734 19/32x11/16 open-end wrench, stamped with the None Better name and model on the shank, with "Chrome Vanadium" and "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse faces.

The overall length is 6.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


None Better 4950 Offset Box-End Wrench

[None Better 4950 5/8x11/16 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 20. None Better 4950 5/8x11/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. Late 1930s to Early 1940s.

Fig. 20 shows a None Better 4950 5/8x11/16 offset box wrench with raised panels on the shank, stamped with the None Better name on one side with "Forged Vanadium" on the reverse. (The inset appears in its natural orientation.)

The overall length is 10.3 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

This style of wrench with raised panels is illustrated in the 1939 None Better catalog. The design and construction of this wrench are virtually identical to an example from Barcalo Manufacturing, shown as the Barcalo "Forged Vanadium" Offset Box Wrench in our article on Barcalo.


None Better 4739 Combination Wrench

[None Better 4739 7/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 21. None Better 4739 7/16 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. Late 1930s to Early 1940s.

Fig. 21 shows a None Better 4739 7/16 combination wrench with raised panels on the shank, marked "Chrome Vanadium Steel" on the reverse panel.

The overall length is 5.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

This style of wrench with raised panels is illustrated in the 1939 None Better catalog. This wrench closely resembles the combination wrenches produced by Barcalo Manufacturing during the mid 1930s to early 1940s. See for example the Barcalo "Chrome Vanadium" 3/4 Combination Wrench in our article on Barcalo.


None Better 8725-B Offset Box-End Wrench

New Britain made an extensive line of socket tools for the Sears Craftsman brand during the 1930s and 40s, and the tools were marked with either a "BE" or H-Circle manufacturing code. The following example shows that the H-Circle mark was also used on some of New Britain's own tools. One possible meaning is that it may indicate production at the old Husky facility, which is known to have used an H-Circle mark in the early 1930s.

[None Better 8725-B 1/2x9/16 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 22. None Better 8725-B 1/2x9/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. Late 1940s to 1950s.

An example of the H-Circle mark on a None Better wrench is shown in Fig. 22, a None Better 8725-B 1/2x9/16 offset box-end wrench, marked "Made in U.S.A." with an H-Circle logo.

The overall length is 7.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ends.

This wrench was acquired as part of a set of six wrenches in a plastic roll-up pouch, all marked with the H-Circle logo.

This style of wrench is illustrated in the 1948 None Better catalog 48M, which notes that wrenches are made of alloy steel. This flat shank style without an explicit alloy steel marking is probably representative of the production from the late 1940s to 1950s.


None Better 9/16 Connecting Rod Socket Wrench

[None Better 9/16 Connecting Rod Socket Wrench]
Fig. 23. None Better 9/16 Connecting Rod Socket Wrench, with Inset for Broaching, ca. Mid 1930s.

Fig. 23 shows a None Better 9/16 fixed socket wrench, marked "Chrome" and "Made in U.S.A." with the NB-Circle logo.

The overall length is 9.0 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

The upper inset shows the 12-point broaching of the socket.

Currently we have no catalog references for this tool, but would estimate a mid 1930s manufacturing date.

The Husky brand offered a similar wrench as the Husky H4527 Connecting Rod Wrench.

Similar wrenches for connecting-rod service were made by a number of other manufacturers. Examples include the Duro 615 Socket Wrench and Blackhawk 4021 Socket Wrench.


Alloy-Steel Socket Tools

In the early 1930s New Britain developed a line of alloy-steel sockets and drive tools easily recognized by the forged ratchet handles and cross-hatched knurling on the sockets. These tools were probably first offered under either the None Better or Husky brand, but eventually were marked with the New Britain brand as well. In addition, this line of tools became the very well known Craftsman "BE" and H-Circle socket tools.

In the late 1940s New Britain switched to a different design for its ratchets, replacing the older dual-pawl mechanism with a simpler oscillating pawl. The new design appeared first with the New Britain brand, but later was used for Husky and possibly other brands.

Around this same time the handle styles of the drive tools were updated, and the sockets were redesigned to a style with dual knurled bands.

Since the socket tools are quite similar across all of the brands, this section will present the sockets and drive tools for all of the brands. Additional information on these tools can be found in our article on Craftsman "BE" and H-Circle Tools.


1/2-Drive Sockets and Drive Tools


None Better C-17 1/2-Drive 9/16 Socket

[None Better C-17 1/2-Drive 9/16 Socket]
Fig. 24. None Better C-17 1/2-Drive 9/16 Socket, with Insets for Broaching and Marking Detail, ca. Mid 1930s.

Fig. 24 shows an early 1/2-drive None Better C-17 9/16 socket, stamped "Chrome Vanadium" and "Made in U.S.A." with the NB-Circle logo.

The finish is chrome plating, with some losses due to wear.

This socket is unusual in being marked "Chrome Vanadium" instead of just "Chrome", and in its non-standard (for None Better) C-17 model number. Readers familiar with the Craftsman "BE" socket line (produced by New Britain Machine) may recall that the immediate predecessors in the Craftsman line were the C-Series socket tools, suggesting that this socket may have been part of an early line intended to match the Craftsman C-Series tools.


None Better [S1240] 1/2-Drive 1-1/4 Socket

[None Better S1240 1/2-Drive 1-1/4 Socket]
Fig. 25. None Better S1240 1/2-Drive 1-1/4 Socket, with Inset for Broaching, ca. Mid 1930s.

Fig. 25 shows an early 1/2-drive None Better [S1240] 1-1/4 socket, stamped "Made in U.S.A." and "Chrome" with the NB-Circle logo.

The finish is chrome plating.


None Better S52 1/2-Drive 12 Inch Flex-Head Handle

[None Better S52 1/2-Drive 12 Inch Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 26. None Better S52 1/2-Drive 12 Inch Flex-Head Handle, with Insets for Marking Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 26 shows a 1/2-drive None Better S52 flex-head handle, stamped with the brand and NB-Circle logo on the shank, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 12.0 inches, and the finish is nickel plating.

The flex head has indentations for three favored positions, and the head movement is controlled by a detent ball in the shank.


New Britain NS58 1/2-Drive 12 Inch Flex-Head Handle

[None Better S52 1/2-Drive 12 Inch Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 27. New Britain NS58 1/2-Drive 12 Inch Flex-Head Handle, with Insets for Construction and Marking Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 27 shows a 1/2-drive New Britain NS58 flex-head handle, stamped with the "New Britain" name in script, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse (see lower inset).

The overall length is 11.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The flex head has indentations for three favored positions, and the head movement is controlled by a detent ball in the shank.


New Britain NS56 1/2-Drive 18 Inch Flex-Head Handle

[New Britain NS56 1/2-Drive 18 Inch Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 28. New Britain NS56 1/2-Drive 18 Inch Flex-Head Handle, with Insets for Side View and Marking Detail, ca. late 1940s.

Fig. 28 shows a 1/2-drive New Britain NS56 18 inch flex-head handle, marked "New Britain NS56" on a panel forged into the handle, with "Made in U.S.A" on the reverse.

The overall length is 18.0 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


Husky H3884 1/2-Drive Sliding Tee Handle

[Husky 1/2-Drive H3884 Sliding Tee Handle]
Fig. 29A. Husky 1/2-Drive H3884 Sliding Tee Handle, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. Mid 1930s to 1940s.

Fig. 29A shows a 1/2-drive Husky H3884 sliding Tee handle, stamped "Made in U.S.A." with the Husky underline logo and model number on the sliding head.

The overall length is 9.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


New Britain NS70 1/2-Drive Sliding Tee Handle

[New Britain 1/2-Drive NS70 Sliding Tee Handle]
Fig. 29B. New Britain 1/2-Drive NS70 Sliding Tee Handle, ca. Mid 1930s to 1940s.

Fig. 29B shows a 1/2-drive New Britain NS70 sliding Tee handle, stamped "Made in U.S.A." with the New Britain name in script.

The overall length is 9.0 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


None Better S45 1/2-Drive Ratchet

[None Better S45 1/2-Drive Ratchet]
Fig. 30. None Better S45 1/2-Drive Ratchet, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 30 shows a 1/2-drive None Better S45 non-reversible ratchet, stamped with the brand and model number on the cover plate. The forged shank is marked "Forged" in raised letters, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

This ratchet is basically identical to the Husky H3183 Ratchet except for the markings.


Husky H3183 1/2-Drive Ratchet

[Husky H3183 1/2-Drive Ratchet]
Fig. 31. Husky H3183 1/2-Drive Ratchet, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 31 shows a 1/2-drive Husky H3183 non-reversible ratchet, stamped with the Husky trademark and model number on the cover plate. The forged shank is marked "Made in U.S.A" in raised letters, with "Forged" plus the codes "T-S" and "5-46" on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.2 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

The ratchet mechanism has a 20-tooth drive gear and is designed to work with a drive plug or double-male extension.

This ratchet is the Husky equivalent of the None Better S45 Ratchet.


Husky H4725 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet

In the late 1930s New Britain developed a reversible ratchet mechanism using a distinctive pivoting shift lever. The resulting ratchets were produced for the New Britain and associated brands (None Better and Husky), as well as for the Craftsman "BE" and H-Circle product lines.

[Husky H4725 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet]
Fig. 32. Husky H4725 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet, with Insets for Side View and Marking Detail, ca. 1937-1940.

Fig. 32 shows a 1/2-drive Husky H4725 reversible ratchet, stamped "Pat. Pend." with the Husky logo and model number on the cover plate. The shank is marked with "Made in U.S.A" forged into the front, with "Forged" and "T 2 46" forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 10.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The shift lever on this example is an earlier design and extends back from a pivot pin, with a raised tab for the thumb. Although not visible in the photograph, the shifter is held in position by a detent ball under the tail of the lever.

The patent pending notice refers to patent #2,206,943, filed by W.F. Costello in 1937 and issued in 1940. Although it's likely that examples of this ratchet (and related models) were made after the patent was issued, no tools have been found with the patent number marked. (The patent was found by a search, not by reference to a tool marking.)


None Better S40 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet

[None Better S40 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet]
Fig. 33. None Better S40 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet, with Inset for Side View, ca. 1937-1940.

Fig. 33 shows a 1/2-drive None Better S40 reversible ratchet, stamped "Pat. Pend." with the brand and model number on the cover plate. The forged shank is marked "Made in U.S.A" in raised letters, with "Forged" on the reverse (not shown).

The overall length is 10.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The shift lever is an earlier design and extends back from a pivot pin, with a raised tab for the thumb. Although not visible in the photograph, the shifter is held in position by a detent ball under the tail of the lever.

The patent pending notice refers to patent #2,206,943, filed by W.F. Costello in 1937 and issued in 1940.


New Britain NS40 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet

[New Britain 1/2-Drive NS40 Reversible Ratchet]
Fig. 34. New Britain 1/2-Drive NS40 Reversible Ratchet, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1940s.

Fig. 34 shows a somewhat later 1/2-drive New Britain NS40 reversible ratchet, stamped "Pat. Pend." with the New Britain brand and model number on the cover plate. The shank has forged-in markings "Made in U.S.A" one one side with "Forged" on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.2 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

The shift mechanism on the ratchet is a later design with a short lever and thumb wheel, and matches the illustration in the 1941 New Britain catalog 56-M.

As with the previous examples, the patent pending notice refers to patent #2,206,943, filed by W.F. Costello in 1937 and issued in 1940.


Husky CS41 1/2-Drive Reversible Ratchet

[Husky 1/2-Drive CS41 Reversible Ratchet]
Fig. 35. Husky 1/2-Drive CS41 Reversible Ratchet, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1950s.

Fig. 35 shows a 1/2-drive Husky CS41 reversible ratchet with a forged handle, stamped "Made in U.S.A." and "126" on the reverse shank.

The overall length is 9.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with a polished head.

Although not marked with a patent notice, this ratchet is covered by patent #2,542,241, filed by J.A. Fors in 1946 and issued in 1951.

The meaning of the "126" code is not known at this time.


New Britain NS91 1/2-Drive 3/4 Drag Link Driver

[New Britain 1/2-Drive NS91 3/4 Drag Link Driver]
Fig. 36. New Britain 1/2-Drive NS91 3/4 Drag Link Driver, with Inset for Top View, ca. Late 1940s to 1950s.

Fig. 36 shows a 1/2-drive New Britain NS91 3/4 drag link driver, stamped "Made in U.S.A." with the New Britain name in script.

The overall height is 1.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The base of this driver shows the dual bands of simple knurling that defined New Britain's new style for sockets and tools. Introduced in the late 1940s, this style replaced the single cross-hatched knurled band in use since the early or mid 1930s.


Husky 1/2-Drive 16-Piece "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set

[Husky 1/2-Drive 16-Piece Chrome Alloy Socket Set]
Fig. 37. Husky 1/2-Drive 16-Piece "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set, ca. Mid to Late 1930s.

Fig. 37 shows a 1/2-drive Husky 16-piece "Chrome Alloy" socket set, consisting of an H3183 ratchet, drive plug, an H2712 5 inch extension, an H2711 10 inch extension, and 12 double-hex sockets with sizes from 7/16 to 1 inch.

The set is marked with a decal showing the Husky underline logo followed by "Chrome Alloy Tools" and "America's Standard", as can be seen in Fig. 38 below.

The socket models and sizes are, in the back from the left, H2700 (7/16), H2701 (1/2), H2702 (9/16), H2844 (19/32), H2703 (5/8), H2705 (11/16), H2706 (3/4), H2845 (25/32), H2707 (13/16), and H2708 (7/8). The sockets in the main bay from the right are H2709 (15/16) and H2846 (1 inch). All of the sockets are stamped with "Made in U.S.A." and the Husky underline logo, plus the fractional size and model number. The finish is chrome plating.

The sockets in this set have a straight-wall design, a style that New Britain Machine introduced in the mid to late 1930s as a replacement for their tapered-wall sockets. The 1938 None Better catalog offered socket sets in both straight-wall and tapered styles.

[Top Cover of Husky 16-Piece Chrome Alloy Socket Set]
Fig. 38. Top Cover of Husky 16-Piece "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set, ca. Mid to Late 1930s.

Fig. 38 shows the top cover of the Husky 16-piece "Chrome Alloy" socket set. The decal is badly chipped but partially readable, with the Husky underline logo mostly intact at the top, and a small "Made in U.S.A." visible in the underline stroke. The center of the decal has "Chrome Alloy Tools" in white letters against a dark background, followed by a barely readable "America's Standard". The bottom part of the decal is not readable.

The set is furnished in a sturdy steel box with a gray crackle finish. The dimensions are 11.0 inches wide by 3.7 inches deep by 2.0 inches high.

Currently we don't have a Husky catalog reference for this set. Our closest reference is the None Better No. 616 socket set, listed in the 1938 catalog with the same (None Better equivalent) tools as the set here, but with tapered-wall sockets.


Husky H3183 1/2-Drive Ratchet from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set

[Husky H3183 1/2-Drive Ratchet from Chrome Alloy Socket Set]
Fig. 39. Husky H3183 1/2-Drive Ratchet from Chrome Alloy Socket Set, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. Mid to Late 1930s.

Fig. 39 shows the Husky H3183 1/2-drive ratchet from the "Chrome Alloy" socket set, stamped with the Husky underline logo and model number on the cover plate. The shank is marked with "Made in U.S.A" forged into the front, with "Forged" plus "T-S" and "9-46" forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 10.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

The ratchet mechanism has a 20-tooth drive gear and is designed to work with a drive plug or double-male extension.

This ratchet is the Husky equivalent of the None Better S45 Ratchet.


Husky H2711 1/2-Drive 10 Inch Extension from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set

[Husky H2711 1/2-Drive 10 Inch Extension]
Fig. 40. Husky H2711 1/2-Drive 10 Inch Extension from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set, ca. Mid to Late 1930s.

Fig. 40 shows the Husky H2711 1/2-drive 10 inch extension from the "Chrome Alloy" socket set, stamped with "Made in U.S.A." and the Husky underline logo on the head.

The overall length is 10.1 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


Husky H2712 1/2-Drive 5 Inch Extension from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set

[Husky H2712 1/2-Drive 5 Inch Extension]
Fig. 41. Husky H2712 1/2-Drive 5 Inch Extension from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set, ca. Mid to Late 1930s.

Fig. 41 shows the Husky H2712 1/2-drive 5 inch extension from the "Chrome Alloy" socket set, stamped with "Made in U.S.A." and the Husky underline logo on the head.

The overall length is 5.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


Husky Small 1/2-Drive H27xx Sockets from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set

[Husky Small 1/2-Drive H27xx Sockets]
Fig. 42. Husky Small 1/2-Drive H27xx Sockets from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set, with Inset for Broaching, ca. Mid to Late 1930s.

Fig. 42 shows a group of three smaller 1/2-drive Husky H27xx sockets from the "Chrome Alloy" socket set. The socket models and sizes are, from the left, H2700 (7/16), H2701 (1/2), and H2702 (9/16). The sockets are marked with "Made in U.S.A." and the Husky underline logo, plus the fractional size and model number.

The sockets have straight walls at the base with a reduced diameter on the upper part to provide clearance at the service end. The base has a band of finely cross-hatched knurling, a primarily cosmetic rather than functional feature.

The finish is chrome plating with polished walls.


Husky Large 1/2-Drive H27xx Sockets from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set

[Husky Large 1/2-Drive H27xx Sockets]
Fig. 43. Husky Large 1/2-Drive H27xx Sockets from "Chrome Alloy" Socket Set, with Inset for Broaching, ca. Mid to Late 1930s.

Fig. 43 shows a group of three large 1/2-drive Husky H27xx (and H28xx) sockets from the "Chrome Alloy" socket set. The socket models and sizes are, from the left, H2708 (7/8), H2709 (15/16), and H2846 (1 inch). The sockets are marked with "Made in U.S.A." and the Husky underline logo, plus the fractional size and model number.

These larger sockets have straight walls with a constant diameter. The base has a band of finely cross-hatched knurling, a primarily cosmetic rather than functional feature.

The finish is chrome plating with polished walls.


3/8-Drive Sockets and Drive Tools


Husky H3721 3/8-Drive 10 Inch Flex-Head Handle

[Husky H3721 3/8-Drive 10 Inch Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 44. Husky H3721 3/8-Drive 10 Inch Flex-Head Handle, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. Mid 1930s to 1940s.

Fig. 44 shows a 3/8-drive Husky H3721 10 inch flex-head handle, stamped with the Husky logo and model on one side, with "Made in U.S.A" on the reverse.

The overall length is 9.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The knurled handle is drilled for a 5/16 diameter cross-bar.


Husky CB51 3/8-Drive 8.5 Inch Flex-Head Handle

[Husky 3/8-Drive CB51 8.5 Inch Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 45. Husky 3/8-Drive CB51 8.5 Inch Flex-Head Handle, with Inset for Marking Detail, ca. 1950s.

Fig. 45 shows a 3/8-drive Husky CB51 8.5 inch flex-head handle, stamped with the Husky logo and "Made in U.S.A." at the end of the handle.

The overall length is 8.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


New Britain NB51 3/8-Drive 10 Inch Flex-Head Handle

[New Britain 3/8-Drive NB51 10 Inch Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 46. New Britain 3/8-Drive NB51 10 Inch Flex-Head Handle, with Inset for Marking Detail, ca. 1950s.

Fig. 46 shows a 3/8-drive New Britain NB51 10 inch flex-head handle, stamped with the New Britain name in script, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


None Better B70 3/8-Drive Sliding Tee Handle

[None Better B70 3/8-Drive Sliding Tee Handle]
Fig. 47. None Better B70 3/8-Drive Sliding Tee Handle, with Inset for Marking Detail.

Fig. 47 shows a 3/8-drive None Better B70 sliding Tee breaker bar, stamped with the None Better brand and "Made in U.S.A" on the sliding head.

The overall length is 7.6 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NB40 3/8-Drive Ratchet

[New Britain 3/8-Drive NB40 Ratchet]
Fig. 48. New Britain NB40 3/8-Drive Ratchet, with Insets for Side View and Marking Detail.

Fig. 48 shows a 3/8-drive New Britain NB40 ratchet, stamped with the model number and New Britain name in script on the cover plate. The handle is marked "Forged" in forged raised letters, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.6 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NB42 3/8-Drive Ratchet

[New Britain 3/8-Drive NB42 Ratchet]
Fig. 49. New Britain 3/8-Drive NB42 Ratchet, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1950s.

Fig. 49 shows a 3/8-drive New Britain NB42 ratchet with a forged handle, stamped "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

This ratchet has a dual-pawl mechanism of a distinctive design.


New Britain NBF16 3/8-Drive 1/2 Universal Socket

[New Britain NBF16 3/8-Drive 1/2 Universal Socket]
Fig. 50. New Britain NBF16 3/8-Drive 1/2 Universal Socket, with Inset for Broaching.

Fig. 50 shows a 3/8-drive New Britain NBF16 1/2 universal socket, stamped with the New Britain name in script and "Made in U.S.A." on the base, with the fractional size as "1-2" on the socket wall.


1/4-Drive Sockets and Drive Tools


None Better M50 1/4-Drive Flex-Head Handle

[None Better M50 1/4-Drive Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 51. None Better M50 1/4-Drive Flex-Head Handle, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 51 shows a 1/4-drive None Better M50 flex-head handle, stamped "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 5.8 inches, and the finish is polished steel.

The tool was acquired as part of the None Better No. 600 Socket Set shown in the another figure.


New Britain NM51 1/4-Drive Flex-Head Handle

[New Britain NM51 1/4-Drive Flex-Head Handle]
Fig. 52. New Britain NM51 1/4-Drive Flex-Head Handle, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. Mid 1930s to 1940s.

Fig. 52 shows a 1/4-drive New Britain NM51 flex-head handle, stamped with the New Britain name in script, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 5.8 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


None Better No. 600 1/4-Drive Socket Set

None Better offered 1/4-drive socket sets in several models, all with the same selection of sockets but with varying numbers of drive tools.

[None Better 1/4-Drive No. 600 Socket Set]
Fig. 53. None Better No. 600 1/4-Drive Socket Set, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 53 shows a None Better No. 600 1/4-drive socket set, a modest collection consisting of an M50 flex-head handle, an M30 cross-bar, six hex (later double-hex) sockets, and three double-square sockets. Our set as acquired was missing the cross-bar and three sockets.

The hex socket models and sizes were M608 (1/4), M609 (9/32), M610 (5/16, missing), M611 (11/32), M612 (3/8, missing), and M614 (7/16). The set also included three double-square sockets, with models and sizes M808 (1/4, missing), M810 (5/16), and M812 (3/8).

The steel case has dimensions 6.8 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 1.1 inches high.

This set was likely made in the early to mid 1930s, based on the inclusion of hex sockets and plain steel finishes. By 1938 the 1/4-drive sets included double-hex sockets instead of the older hex broaching, and chrome-plated finishes were standard as well.


Husky 1/4-Drive Socket Set

[Husky 1/4-Drive Socket Set]
Fig. 54. Husky 1/4-Drive Socket Set, ca. Late 1930s.

Fig. 54 shows a similar but somewhat later Husky 1/4-drive socket set in a metal case. The set as found includes a H4598 flex-head handle, five hex/double-hex sockets, and three double-square sockets. We currently don't have a catalog reference for this set, but the original contents likely included a cross-bar for the flex handle, plus one additional 9/32 hex socket.

The socket models and sizes are, from the left, H3600 (1/4), H3601 (9/32, missing), H3602 (5/16), H3603 (11/32), H3604 (3/8), and H3605 (7/16). The double-square sockets continue the model number sequence with H3606 (1/4), H3607 (5/16), and H3608 (3/8). The sockets are all marked "Made in U.S.A." with the Husky logo, and several are also marked "Chrome". The finish is chrome plating.

The steel case is the same size as the one in the previous figure, 6.8 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 1.1 inches high.

This set was likely made in the late 1930s, based on the use of double-hex sockets and chrome-plated finishes. Note that this set uses the older Husky H-series model numbers, with sequential rather than size-based numbers; later Husky tools had model numbers similar to the New Britain and None Better product lines.


Husky H5126 1/4-Drive Ratchet

[Husky H5126 1/4-Drive Ratchet]
Fig. 55. Husky H5126 1/4-Drive Ratchet, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. Mid 1930s to 1940s.

Fig. 55 shows a 1/4-drive Husky H5126 reversible ratchet in a somewhat unusual configuration with a female drive gear. The cover plate is stamped with the Husky logo and model number, and the forged body is marked "Forged" on one side with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.6 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


3/4-Drive Sockets and Drive Tools


New Britain NH1248 3/4-Drive 1-1/2 Socket

[New Britain NH1248 3/4-Drive 1-1/2 Socket]
Fig. 56. New Britain NH1248 3/4-Drive 1-1/2 Socket, with Inset for Broaching, ca. 1930s to Early 1940s.

Fig. 56 shows a 3/4-drive New Britain NH1248 1-1/2 socket, marked "Made in U.S.A." with the "New Britain" name in script.

The finish is plain steel with polished walls.

This socket is decorated with a band of cross-hatched knurling, a style in use from the early 1930s through mid 1940s.


New Britain NH1228 3/4-Drive 7/8 Socket

[New Britain NH1228 3/4-Drive Socket]
Fig. 57. New Britain NH1228 3/4-Drive Socket, with Inset for Broaching, ca. Late 1940s.

Fig. 57 shows a 3/4-drive New Britain NH1228 7/8 socket, marked "Made in U.S.A." with the "New Britain" name in script.

The finish is chrome plating with polished walls on the base.

This socket shows the dual bands of simple knurling that defined the new style of sockets introduced in the late 1940s. This style replaced the single cross-hatched knurled band used since the early or mid 1930s.


The New Britain Brand


Open-End Wrenches

New Britain produced open-end wrenches in the NDF-1x model number series.


New Britain NDF-10 1/4x5/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[New Britain NDF-10 1/4x5/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 58. New Britain NDF-10 1/4x5/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 58 shows a New Britain NDF-10 1/4x5/16 open-end wrench with a raised panel or rib, stamped with the company name in script on the front with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 4.2 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-14 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[New Britain NDF-14 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 59. New Britain NDF-14 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 59 shows a New Britain NDF-14 3/8x7/16 open-end wrench with a raised panel or rib, stamped with the company name in script on the front with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 5.2 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-18 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrenches

The next figures show two generations of the New Britain NDF-18 open-end wrench.

[New Britain NDF-18 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 60. New Britain NDF-18 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 60 shows a New Britain NDF-18 1/2x9/16 open-end wrench with a raised panel or rib, stamped with the company name in script on the front with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

[New Britain NDF-18 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 61. New Britain NDF-18 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 61 shows a New Britain NDF-18 1/2x9/16 open-end wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped with the New Britain name in script, with "Alloy Steel" and "Forged in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.4 inches. The finish is chrome plating, with losses due to wear and rust.


New Britain NDF-30 15/16x1 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[New Britain NDF-30 15/16x1 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 62. New Britain NDF-30 15/16x1 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 62 shows a New Britain NDF-30 15/16x1 open-end wrench with a raised panel or rib, stamped with the company name in script on the front with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-32 1-1/16x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[New Britain NDF-32 1-1/16x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 63. New Britain NDF-32 1-1/16x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 63 shows a New Britain NDF-32 1-1/16x1-1/8 open-end wrench with a raised panel or rib, stamped with the company name in script on the front with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 11.3 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-33 1x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-33 1x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 64. New Britain NDF-33 1x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 64 shows an example of the Double-Groove style, a New Britain NDF-33 1x1-1/8 open-end wrench, with the reverse marked "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." in raised letters.

The overall length is 11.5 inches.


New Britain NDF-518 "Nut Master" 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench

In the mid 1950s New Britain brought out a line of contoured-opening wrenches under the "Nut Master" brand, based on 1954 patents by F. Diebold. Although the wrench openings look as though they would apply to some exotic spline connector, the design was actually intended as an improved type of open-end wrench, with the contact made on the flats rather than at the corner. The Diebold patents thus anticipate the later "Loc-Rite" patent #3,125,910 and the "Flank-Drive" patent #3,273,430 of Snap-On.

[New Britain NFD-518 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 65. New Britain NDF-518 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. Mid 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 65 at the left shows an example of the "Nut Master" line, a New Britain NDF-518 1/2x9/16 wrench stamped with the company name in script, with "Pat. No. 2671366 & 2685219" and "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

The patent notices refer to patents #2,671,368, and #2,685,219, both issued to F. Diebold in 1954. (Note that the first patent number stamped on the tool is incorrect in the last digit; our citation shows the correct patent number.)


New Britain NDF-522 "Nut Master" 5/8x3/4 Open-End Wrench

[New Britain NFD-522 5/8x3/4 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 66. New Britain NDF-518 5/8x3/4 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. Mid 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 66 shows another example of the "Nut Master" line, a New Britain NDF-522 5/8x3/4 wrench stamped with the company name in script, with "Pat. No. 2671366 & 2685219" and "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 7.6 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Tappet Wrenches

New Britain produced tappet wrenches in an NDF-8x model series.


New Britain NDF-82 1/2x9/16 Tappet Wrench, Ribbed Style

[New Britain NDF-82 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 67. New Britain NDF-82 1/2x9/16 Tappet Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 67 shows a New Britain NDF-82 1/2x9/16 tappet wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the company name in script on the front with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 9.9 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-84 5/8x11/16 Tappet Wrenches

The next figures show two generations of the NDF-84 tappet wrench.

[New Britain NDF-84 5/8x11/16 Tappet Wrench]
Fig. 68A. New Britain NDF-84 5/8x11/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 68A shows an earlier New Britain NDF-84 5/8x11/16 tappet wrench in the double-groove style, with markings "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 9.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

[New Britain NDF-84 5/8x11/16 Tappet Wrench]
Fig. 68B. New Britain NDF-84 5/8x11/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 68B shows a later New Britain NDF-84 5/8x11/16 tappet wrench with a flat shank, stamped "New Britain" in a script font with the model number and fractional sizes on the shank, with "Alloy Steel" "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.1 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


Box-End Wrenches

New Britain produced box-end wrenches in four configurations, the NDF-1xx offset box wrenches, the NDF-2xx angled box wrenches, the NDF-3xx short offset box wrenches, and the NDF-4xx short angled box wrenches.


New Britain NDF-102 1/2x9/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-102 1/2x9/16 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 69. New Britain NDF-102 1/2x9/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

The overall length is 8.6 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-106 3/4x25/32 Offset Box-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-106 3/4x25/32 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 70. New Britain NDF-106 3/4x25/32 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 70 shows a New Britain NDF-106 3/4x25/32 offset box wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse. (The lower inset has been left in its natural orientation.)

The overall length is 11.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-110 13/16x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-110 13/16x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 71. New Britain NDF-110 13/16x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 71 shows a New Britain NDF-110 13/16x7/8 offset box wrench in the double-groove style, marked with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the shank, and with the New Britain name in script stamped on the reverse.

The overall length is 12.8 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-114 1-1/16x1-1/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-114 1-1/16x1-1/8 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 72. New Britain NDF-114 1-1/16x1-1/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 72 shows a New Britain NDF-114 1-1/16x1-1/8 offset box wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse. (The lower inset has been left in its natural orientation.)

The overall length is 15.7 inches.


New Britain NDF-200 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrenches

The next figures show two generations of the NDF-200 box-end wrench.

[New Britain NDF-200 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 73. New Britain NDF-200 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1930s.

Fig. 73 shows an earlier New Britain NDF-200 3/8x7/16 box-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped "New Britain" in a script font with the model number and fractional sizes on the shank, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 7.8 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

[New Britain NDF-200 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 74. New Britain NDF-200 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse and Side View, ca. 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 77 shows a later New Britain NDF-200 3/8x7/16 box-end wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped "New Britain" in a script font with the model number and fractional sizes on the shank, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 7.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


New Britain NDF-201 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-201 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 75. New Britain NDF-201 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 75 shows a New Britain NDF-201 5/8x11/16 box wrench in the double-groove style, stamped "New Britain" in a script font with the model number and fractional sizes on the shank, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 9.8 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-210 13/16x7/8 Box-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-210 13/16x7/8 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 76. New Britain NDF-210 13/16x7/8 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 76 shows a New Britain NDF-210 13/16x7/8 box wrench in the double-groove style, stamped "New Britain" in a script font with the model number and fractional sizes on the shank, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 11.2 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


New Britain NDF-304 5/8x11/16 Short Offset Box-End Wrench

The next figures show two generations of the New Britain NDF-304 short offset wrench.

[New Britain NDF-304 5/8x11/16 Short Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 77. New Britain NDF-304 5/8x7/8 Short Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 77 shows a New Britain NDF-304 5/8x11/16 short offset box wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain script name on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 6.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

[New Britain NDF-304 5/8x11/16 Short Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 78. New Britain NDF-304 5/8x7/8 Short Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 78 shows a later New Britain NDF-304 5/8x11/16 short offset box wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped with the New Britain script name and fractional sizes on the shank, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.4 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


New Britain NDF-404 5/8x11/16 Short Box-End Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-404 5/8x11/16 Short Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 79. New Britain NDF-404 5/8x7/8 Short Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 79 shows a New Britain NDF-404 5/8x11/16 short box wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain script name on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 5.1 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


Combination Wrenches

New Britain produced wrenches for its various brand lines in a number of different styles.


New Britain NDF-58 5/8 Combination Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-58 5/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 80. New Britain NDF-58 5/8 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 80 shows a New Britain NDF-58 5/8 combination wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 7.8 inches, and the finish is polished steel.


New Britain NDF-60 11/16 Combination Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-60 11/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 81. New Britain NDF-60 11/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 81 shows a New Britain NDF-60 11/16 combination wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 8.7 inches, and the finish is polished steel.


New Britain NDF-62 3/4 Combination Wrenches

The next figures show two generations of the New Britain NDF-62 combination wrench.

[New Britain NDF-62 3/4 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 82. New Britain NDF-62 3/4 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 82 shows a New Britain NDF-62 3/4 combination wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 9.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

[New Britain NDF-62 3/4 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 83. New Britain NDF-62 3/4 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 83 shows a later New Britain NDF-62 3/4 combination wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Alloy Steel" and "Forged in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 9.4 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ends and faces.


New Britain NDF-63 13/16 Combination Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[New Britain NDF-63 13/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 84. New Britain NDF-63 13/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1950s to 1960s.

Fig. 84 shows a New Britain NDF-63 13/16 combination wrench with a flat shank, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Alloy Steel" and "Forged in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.2 inches, and the finish is plain steel with polished ends and faces.


New Britain NDF-64 7/8 Combination Wrenches

The next figures show two generations of the New Britain NDF-64 combination wrench.

[New Britain NDF-64 7/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 85A. New Britain NDF-64 7/8 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 85A shows an earlier New Britain NDF-64 7/8 combination wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 10.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

[New Britain NDF-64 7/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 85B. New Britain NDF-64 7/8 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1950 to 1960s.

Fig. 85B shows a later New Britain NDF-64 7/8 combination wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped with the New Britain name in script plus the model number and fractional size on the front, with "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


New Britain NDF-66 15/16 Combination Wrench, Double-Groove Style

[New Britain NDF-66 15/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 86. New Britain NDF-66 15/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1944-1950.

Fig. 86 shows a New Britain NDF-66 15/16 combination wrench in the double-groove style, stamped with the New Britain name in script on the front, with "Forged" and "Made in U.S.A." forged into the reverse.

The overall length is 10.8 inches, and the finish is plain steel, with pitting due to rust.


Specialty Tools


New Britain M-200 Chevrolet Valve Adjusting Tool

[New Britain M-200 Valve Adjusting Tool]
Fig. 87. New Britain M-200 Valve Adjusting Tool, with Inset for Side View, ca. 1930s-1940s.

Fig. 87 shows a New Britain valve adjusting tool, consisting of a stamped-steel wrench with a retractable screwdriver bit mounted on a swinging arm. The tool is stamped "Made in U.S.A." and "Pat. Pend" on the swinging arm.

The overall length is 8.0 inches, and the finish is cadmium plating.

The patent corresponding to the pending status is not yet known.

This tool is listed as a model M-200 "Chevrolet Tappet Adjusting Tool" in the 1947 New Britain catalog 57M. A virtually identical tool is shown as the Zim Valve Tool in another article on this site, and a valve tool of this style was illustrated in the 1937 Western Auto Supply catalog, but without any manufacturer identification.


New Britain HF8 Angle-Head Brake Wrench

[New Britain HF8 9/16x9/16 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 88. New Britain HF8 9/16x9/16 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail.

Fig. 88 shows a New Britain HF8 9/16x9/16 angle-head wrench, intended for brake service applications. The shank is stamped with New Britain in script, with "10" and "Made in U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 5.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The HF series of brake wrenches were offered by New Britain as early as 1940, as they are listed in catalog 56-M from that year.

Readers familiar with the Cornwell angle-head wrench series will immediately recognize close resemblance of this wrench to the Cornwell models, suggesting that these wrenches were likely made by Cornwell for New Britain. See for example the Cornwell AW8 Angle-Head Wrench.


New Britain 375 Offset Screwdriver

[New Britain 375 Screwdriver]
Fig. 89. New Britain 375 Screwdriver.

Fig. 89 shows a New Britain 375 offset screwdriver, stamped "USA" with the New Britain name in script.

The overall length is 4.7 inches, and the finish is black paint.


New Britain SS-5 Screw Starter

[New Britain SS-5 Screw Starter]
Fig. 90. New Britain SS-5 Screw Starter, with Insets for Construction and Marking Detail, ca. 1940s to 1950s.

Fig. 90 shows a New Britain SS-5 screw starter, a tool designed to hold and turn a slotted screw. The shank is stamped with the New Britain name in script, followed by "Made in U.S.A." and "Licensed Under Patent No. 2150184".

The overall length is 5.1 inches.

The patent notice refers to patent #2,150,184, issued to G.F. Pearson in 1939.

To operate the tool, the black barrel is first turned against the torsional spring until it locks with the pin in the detent. The blades on the end are then placed in the screw slot and the barrel released, after which the screw is firmly held by the center tab. The screw can then be inserted in its threaded hole and turned by hand using the knurled grip.


New Britain R-50 Drain Plug Multi-Wrench

[New Britain R-50 Drain Plug Wrench]
Fig. 91. New Britain R-50 Drain Plug Multi-Wrench, with Inset for Marking Detail.

Fig. 91 shows a New Britain R-50 drain plug multi-wrench, stamped "Made in U.S.A." with the New Britain name in script.

The overall length is 11.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The wrench provides a total of eight openings, with seven hex and one 9/16 double-square at the right. The hex opening sizes are, from the left, 11/16, 1-1/8, 15/16, 3/4, 7/8, 1 inch, and 2 inches.


New Britain P-41 Battery Pliers

[New Britain P-41 Battery Pliers]
Fig. 92. New Britain P-41 Battery Pliers.

Fig. 92 shows a New Britain P-41 battery pliers, stamped "USA" with the New Britain name in script.

The overall length is 7.9 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


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