This massive piece of antique, drop-forged steel was made by the Whitman and Barnes Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio right about 1910. The company started in 1877 and made a name for itself making knives. Its drop forge division was bought out by J.H Williams Tools around 1920.
This monkey wrench measures 15 inches long, and its well-oiled jaws open to a full 2 3/4 inches. It is stamped with the old W&B Diamond logo under which is written "Made In USA" and "Warranted." Along the shaft is stamped "No. 1-Q B.M.S." The handle is a solid shaft with twin pins. The golden colored handle has been expertly milled/machined.
This is a great artifact from America's industrial age. It would complement any vintage tool collection or garage peg board. It would make a sweet accent piece in a man cave or any room with a steampunk décor. Great gift idea for fathers, mechanics, metal workers. Add it to the trophy case down at the union hall.