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Object ID 002403

Object Name Hibbard Watering/Oil Can

Object Desc Red painted metal can with spout, removable screw cap, and swinging handle with wooden grip.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002174a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Automotive


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Garage Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Automotive,Garage,Motor Oil,Oil Can,Hibbard Spencer Bartlett & Co.,cans,

Title Hibbard Watering/Oil Can

Description Painted red metal oil/watering can with removable screw cap. Screw cap has "Hibbard" stamped on top. Has spout and swinging handle with wooden grip.


Approx Collection Date

Height 10

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 6.5

Circumference 19.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure

Dimension Details Height is 12.00" when handle is extended.

Quantity 2



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett, and Co.

Maker Details This leading hardware dealership was the descendant of a Chicago store called Tuttle, Hibbard & Co., which took that name in 1855 when William G. Hibbard became a partner. In 1865, Hibbard was joined by Franklin F. Spencer, and the enterprise was renamed Hibbard & Spencer. By 1867, the company's annual sales of hardware had reached $1 million. When longtime company employee A. C. Bartlett became a partner in 1882, the company's name became Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett & Co. When Spencer died in 1890, the company was already among the leading wholesalers of hardware in the United States. In 1903, the year Hibbard died, the company opened a 10-story warehouse next to State Street Bridge in downtown Chicago. In 1932, the company introduced a new line of hand tools under the brand name "True Value".

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2174a-b



Date JUN 4,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Dylan Kite

Notes Grime accumulation, significant dent, paint chipping, and wear to body.