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Later Superrench Styles

The previous sections have introduced all of the major wrench types produced by Williams, so in this section we'll look at primarily stylistic changes to the wrench designs.


The Ribbed Style

In 1952 Williams introduced a new "Streamlined" design for its open-end wrenches, a somewhat odd but attractive style with raised ribs. The handles were made narrower and thinner, and raised and polished ribs extended part way down the shank before opening out at each end.

The ribs left only a small flat area around the middle of the shank, so the markings were generally stamped here, with the fractional sizes stamped on the faces. However, a few examples have been found with the "Williams U.S.A." logo stamped on the face, and these are believed to represent the earliest production.

The ribbed-style open-end wrenches were given the same (industry-standard) model numbers as the previous wrench generation, except that a few examples are known with an "A" prefix to the model number, e.g. A1725B. Currently all of the available examples with the Williams logo stamped on the face also have model numbers with the A-prefix, leading to our current hypothesis that for the early production runs of the new style, Williams had not yet decided that the new wrenches would replace the standard models. Hence the early examples were marked with "alternate" A-prefix model numbers, then later the markings were moved to the shank, and finally the model numbers reverted to the older numbers.

Our first catalog reference for this style is from an edition of catalog A-50 printed in 1952, and the description there refers to the new wrench design, suggesting that 1952 is the likely date of introduction. The other wrenches in the catalog were not yet illustrated in the raised-panel style, so the ribbed design for open-end wrenches apparently preceded the design changes for other wrenches. A somewhat later catalog No. 302 from around 1956 shows box-end and combination wrenches with raised panels on the shank, such as the 7725B Raised-Panel Box-End Wrench.


1020 1/4x5/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[Williams 1020 1/4x5/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 391. Williams 1020 1/4x5/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Our first (and smallest) example of the ribbed style is shown in Fig. 391 at the left, a Williams 1020 1/4x5/16 open-end wrench, stamped "U.S.A." with "Superrench" on the reverse.

The overall length is 3.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


A1721 5/16x3/8 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[Williams A1721 5/16x3/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 392. Williams A1721 5/16x3/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952.

Fig. 392 shows a Williams A1721 5/16x3/8 open-end wrench, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the shank, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The front faces are stamped with the fractional sizes, with the model number on the reverse face.

The overall length is 4.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


A1723 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[Williams A1723 3/8x7/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 393A. Williams A1723 3/8x7/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952.

Fig. 393A shows a Williams A1723 3/8x7/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the shank, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "B" code to the left of the Williams name.

The overall length is 4.7 inches. The original chrome plated finish has been worn off, with some traces of the copper underplating still present.


A1723A 3/8x1/2 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[Williams A1723A 3/8x1/2 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 393. Williams A1723A 3/8x1/2 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952.

Fig. 393 shows a Williams A1723A 3/8x1/2 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the shank, with "Superrench" on the reverse.

The overall length is 4.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


1725 7/16x1/2 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[Williams 1725 7/16x1/2 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 394. Williams 1725 7/16x1/2 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 394 shows a Williams 1725 7/16x1/2 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the shank, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in code "B" visible to the left of the Williams logo.

The overall length is 5.1 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


[A]1725B 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrenches, Ribbed-Style

The next two figures show the alternate (A-prefix) and standard versions of the 1725B model wrench.

[Williams A1725B 1/2x9/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 395. Williams A1725B 1/2x9/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, ca. 1952.

Fig. 395 shows a Williams A1725B 1/2x9/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the face, and with "Superrench" on the shank. The reverse faces (not shown) are stamped with the fractional sizes.

The overall length is 6.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces and ribs.


[Williams 1725B 1/2x9/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 396. Williams 1725B 1/2x9/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 396 shows a later Williams 1725B open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the shank, with "Superrench" on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces and ribs.


1025 1/2x19/32 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams 1025 1/2x19/32 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 397. Williams 1025 1/2x19/32 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 397 shows a Williams 1025 1/2x19/32 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the shank, with "Superrench" on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with some loss due to rust.


1727 9/16x5/8 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams 1727 9/16x5/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 398. Williams 1727 9/16x5/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 398 shows a Williams 1727 9/16x5/8 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on the shank, with "Superrench" on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


A1027B 5/8x11/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

[Williams A1027B 5/8x11/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 399. Williams A1027B 5/8x11/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 399 shows a Williams A1027B 5/8x11/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse.

The overall length is 7.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.

An example of this model in a previous generation style can be seen as the Williams 1027B Open-End Wrench.


[A]1729 5/8x3/4 Open-End Wrenches, Ribbed Style

The next two figures show the alternate (A-prefix) and standard versions of the 1729 model wrench.

[Williams A1729 5/8x3/4 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 400A. Williams A1729 5/8x3/4 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 400A shows a Williams A1729 5/8x3/4 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number faintly visible on the reverse.

The overall length is 8.2 inches. The finish is chrome plating, with extensive losses due to wear, and the copper underplating can be seen on this example.

[Williams 1729 5/8x3/4 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 400B. Williams 1729 5/8x3/4 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 400B shows a Williams 1729 5/8x3/4 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (not shown).

The overall length is 8.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


[A]1029 11/16x25/32 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed Style

The next two figures show examples of Williams [A]1029 wrenches in the ribbed style.

[Williams A1029 11/16x25/32 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 401. Williams A1029 11/16x25/32 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 401 shows a Williams A1029 11/16x25/32 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse.

The overall length is 9.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.

[Williams 1029 11/16x25/32 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 402. Williams 1029 11/16x25/32 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 402 shows a similar Williams 1029 11/16x25/32 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see upper inset).

The overall length is 9.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.

The 1029 wrench was a popular size, and earlier examples of this model can be seen as the Williams Early 1029 Wrench and Williams "Chrome Alloy" 1029 Wrench.


A1031B 25/32x13/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams A1031B 25/32x13/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 403. Williams A1031B 25/32x13/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 403 shows a Williams A1031B 25/32x13/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see upper inset).

The overall length is 9.7 inches. The finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces, but with some of the copper underplating revealed.


1031 25/32x7/8 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams 1031 25/32x7/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 404. Williams 1031 25/32x7/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 404 shows a Williams 1031 25/32x7/8 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see upper inset).

The overall length is 9.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


A1033A 7/8x15/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams A1033A 7/8x15/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 405A. Williams A1033A 7/8x15/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 405A shows a Williams A1033A 7/8x15/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating, with minor losses due to rust.


A1733 7/8x1 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams A1733 7/8x1 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 405B. Williams A1733 7/8x1 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 405B shows a Williams A1733 7/8x1 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see middle inset).

The overall length is 11.4 inches, and the finish is chrome plating, with extensive losses due to rust.

An earlier example of this model can be seen as the Williams 1733 Wrench.


A1033C 15/16x1 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams A1033C 15/16x1 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 406. Williams A1033C 15/16x1 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, ca. 1952.

Fig. 406 shows a Williams A1033C 15/16x1 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped "Superrench" on the shank. The faces are stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo at one end and the model number at the other, with the fractional sizes stamped on the reverse faces.

The overall length is 11.4 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.

This example is unusual in that the "Williams U.S.A." logo is stamped on the face, rather than in the center of the shank.

An earlier example of this model can be seen as the Williams 1033-C Open-End Wrench, and a later example is shown as the Williams 1033-C Flat-Style Open-End Wrench.


1034A 15/16x1-1/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams 1034A 15/16x1-1/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 407. Williams 1034A 15/16x1-1/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 407 shows a Williams 1034A 15/16x1-1/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped on the shank with the "Williams U.S.A." logo, with "Superrench" on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see upper inset).

The overall length is 11.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


1035 31/32x1-1/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams 1035 31/32x1-1/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 408A. Williams 1035 31/32x1-1/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 408A shows a Williams 1035 31/32x1-1/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on one side, with the "Superrench" trademark on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse.

The overall length is 11.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


A1735 1x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams A1735 1x1-1/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 408B. Williams A1735 1x1-1/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 408B shows a Williams A1735 1x1-1/8 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on one side, with the "Superrench" trademark on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse.

The overall length is 12.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.

An earlier example of this model can be seen as the Williams 1735 Open-End Wrench, and a later example is shown as the Williams 1735 Flat-Style Open-End Wrench.


A1037 1-1/16x1-1/4 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams A1037 1-1/16x1-1/4 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 409. Williams A1037 1-1/16x1-1/4 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 409 shows a Williams A1037 1-1/16x1-1/4 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on one side, with the "Superrench" trademark on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see upper inset).

The overall length is 13.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


A1039C 1-3/8x1-7/16 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams A1039C 1-3/8x1-7/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 410. Williams A1039C 1-3/8x1-7/16 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 410 shows a Williams A1039C 1-3/8x1-7/16 open-end wrench in the ribbed style, stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on one side, with the "Superrench" trademark on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see upper inset).

The overall length is 15.4 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


1041 1-7/16x1-5/8 Open-End Wrench, Ribbed-Style

[Williams 1041 1-7/16x1-5/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 411. Williams 1041 1-7/16x1-5/8 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench, with Insets for Reverse Detail, ca. 1952-1959.

Fig. 411 shows one of the largest of the ribbed models, a Williams 1041 1-7/16x1-5/8 open-end wrench in the ribbed style. The shank is stamped with the "Williams U.S.A." logo on one side, with the "Superrench" trademark on the reverse. The polished faces are stamped with the fractional sizes on the front, with the model number on the reverse (see upper inset).

The overall length is 16.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ribs and faces.


The Raised-Panel Style

Some time around the mid 1950s Williams adopted a raised-panel style for some of their wrenches, in particular the box-end and combination wrenches. This style featured raised panels on both sides of the shank, with highly polished panel faces and box ends.

The raised-panel style is illustrated in catalog No. 302 from around 1956, and the same catalog shows open-end wrenches in the "ribbed" style. (See the 1729 Ribbed Open-End Wrench for an example.)

The raised-panel style was in production for only a relatively brief period and was soon replaced by the flat-shank style. (See the later section on the Flat-Shank Style for examples.) By 1959 the combination wrenches were shown in catalog No. 503 in the new flat-shank style, and by 1960 the catalog No. 504 was showing the box wrenches with flat shanks as well. Based on these catalog references, the manufacturing dates for the raised-panel style are approximately 1954-1958 for combination wrenches and 1954-1959 for box wrenches.

As might be expected from the short production period, wrenches in the raised-panel style are relatively uncommon.


7723 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 7723 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 412. Williams 7723 3/8x7/16 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 412 shows a Williams 7723 3/8x7/16 box-end wrench with raised panels, stamped with "J.H Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on the front panel, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. The shank is also marked with a forged-in "B" code visible at the left.

The overall length is 7.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

The top inset shows a side view of the wrench, illustrating the flat profile with angled box ends.


7725B 1/2x9/16 Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 7725B 1/2x9/16 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 413. Williams 7725B 1/2x9/16 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 413 shows a Williams 7725B 1/2x9/16 box-end wrench with raised panels, stamped with "J.H Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on the front panel, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 9.2 inches, and the finish is chrome palting.

The top inset shows a side view of the wrench, illustrating the flat profile with angled box ends.


7727A 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 7727A 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 414. Williams 7727A 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 414 shows a Williams 7727A 5/8x11/16 box-end wrench with raised panels, stamped with "J.H Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on one side, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

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


8729 5/8x3/4 Offset Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 8729 5/8x3/4 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 415. Williams 8729 5/8x3/4 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 415 shows a Williams 8729 5/8x3/4 offset box wrench with raised panels, stamped with "J.H Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on one side, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.4 inches.

A faint forged-in code "B" can be seen on the shank at the left.


8029 11/16x25/32 Offset Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 8029 11/16x25/32 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 416A. Williams 8029 11/16x25/32 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 416A shows a Williams 8029 11/16x25/23 offset box wrench with raised panels, stamped with "J.H Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on one side, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 11.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

A forged-in code "B" can be seen on the shank at the left.


8030 11/16x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 8030 11/16x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 416B. Williams 8030 11/16x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 416B shows a Williams 8030 11/16x7/8 offset box wrench with raised panels, stamped with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the front panel, with "J.H Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on the reverse panel.

The overall length is 11.6 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


8031 25/32x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 8031 25/32x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 417. Williams 8031 25/32x7/8 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 417 shows a Williams 8031 25/32x7/8 offset box wrench in the raised-panel style, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on one side, with "J.H. Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on the reverse panel.

The overall length is 13.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished panels and ends.

A forged-in code "B" can be seen on the shank at the left.


8034A 15/16x1-1/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 8034A 15/16x1-1/16 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 418. Williams 8034A 15/16x1-1/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1959.

Fig. 418 shows an example of the raised-panel style in a less common size, a Williams 8034A 15/16x1-1/16 offset box wrench. The shank is stamped with the "Superrench" trademark plus the model number and "U.S.A" on the raised panel, with "J.H. Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on the reverse panel. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "B" (not shown).

The overall length is 15.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished panels and ends.


1158 5/16 Combination Wrench, Raised Panel Style

The raised-panel style has been discussed in conjunction with the box-end wrenches, and we'll now look at some examples of combination wrenches in this style.

[Williams 1158 5/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 419. Williams 1158 5/16 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1958.

Our first example is shown in Fig. 419, a Williams 1158 5/16 combination wrench stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the raised panel, with "J.H. Williams & Co." stamped on the reverse.

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

The shank has a forged-in "B" code on the reverse side.


1160 3/8 Combination Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 1160 3/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 420. Williams 1160 3/8 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1958.

Fig. 420 shows a Williams 1160 3/8 combination wrench, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the raised panel, with "J.H. Williams & Co." on the reverse panel. The shank also has a forged-in code "B" visible at the left.

The overall length is 6.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


1161 7/16 Combination Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 1161 7/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 421. Williams 1161 7/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1958.

Fig. 421 shows a Williams 1161 7/16 combination wrench, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the raised panel, with "J.H. Williams & Co." on the reverse panel. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "B" visible at the left.

The overall length is 6.6 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

A later version of this model can be seen as the Williams 1161 Flat-Style Combination Wrench.


1163 9/16 Combination Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 1163 9/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 422. Williams 1163 9/16 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1958.

Fig. 422 shows a Williams 1163 9/16 combination wrench, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the raised panel, with "J.H. Williams & Co." on the reverse panel.

The overall length is 7.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


1164 5/8 Combination Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 1160 5/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 423. Williams 1164 5/8 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1958.

Fig. 423 shows a Williams 1164 5/8 combination wrench with raised panels, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the front panel, with "J.H. Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on the reverse. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "B" visible at the left.

The overall length is 8.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

An earlier version of this model can be seen as the Williams 1164 Oval-Shank Combination Wrench, and a later version can be seen as the Williams 1164 Flat-Style Combination Wrench.


1166 3/4 Combination Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 1166 3/4 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 424. Williams 1166 3/4 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1958.

Fig. 424 shows a Williams 1166 3/4 combination wrench with raised panels, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the front panel, with "J.H. Williams & Co." and the fractional sizes on the reverse. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "B" faintly visible at the left.

The overall length is 10.6 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


1176 1-7/16 Combination Wrench, Raised-Panel Style

[Williams 1176 1-7/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 425. Williams 1176 1-7/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1954-1958.

Fig. 425 shows a much larger example of the panelled style, a Williams 1176 1-7/16 combination wrench. The panels are stamped "Superrench" and U.S.A." on the front, with "J.H. Williams & Co." and the fractional size on the reverse. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "B" (not shown).

The overall length is 21.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


The Flat-Shank Style

The last major change in Williams' wrench styles came in the late 1950s with the introduction of the now familiar style with flat shanks. The flat-shank style was used for all of the major lines of wrenches -- open-end, box-end, and combination -- and for the first time all of these major wrench types had consistent markings.

The markings were changed considerably for the flat-shank style. The Williams name retained its underline from the final "S" and was enclosed by an outline box, then bracketed by sets of three parallel lines. The Superrench trademark (when present) was similarly enclosed in an outline box bracketed by lines and appeared on the opposite side from the company name. The model number and "U.S.A." (or opening sizes) were placed at the ends of the line markings. Smaller wrenches were given variant markings with the outline box omitted and fewer bracketing lines.

The flat-shank style was first introduced in 1959 for the open-end and combination wrenches, which are shown in the new style in catalog No. 503 of that year. By 1960 the flat-shank style had been extended to the other wrench types as well, and the illustrations in catalog No. 504 of 1960 all show the new style. The flat-shank style remained in production for many years, until at least the mid 1990s.


1723 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1723 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 426. Williams 1723 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1959+.

Fig. 426 shows an example of the flat shank style for a Williams 1723 3/8x7/16 open-end wrench. The Williams name appears underlined and is enclosed in an outline box, and the "Superrench" trademark is outlined on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "B" code visible at the left.

The overall length is 4.6 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


1029 11/16x25/32 Open-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1029 11/16x25/32 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 427. Williams 1029 11/16x25/32 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1959+.

Fig. 427 shows another example of the flat shank style, a Williams 1029 11/16x25/32 open-end wrench. The Williams name appears underlined and is enclosed in an outline box, and the "Superrench" trademark is outlined on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "B" code visible at the left.

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

An earlier version of this model can be seen as the Williams 1029 Open-End Wrench.


1731A 3/4x7/8 Open-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1731A 3/4x7/8 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 428. Williams 1731A 3/4x7/8 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1959+.

Fig. 428 shows a Williams 1731A 3/4x7/8 open-end wrench, stamped with the Williams underline logo in an outline box, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "B" code visible at the left.

The overall length is 9.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

Earlier versions of this model can be seen as the Williams Early 1731-A Open-End Wrench and Williams "U.S.A." 1731-A Open-End Wrench.


1033C 15/16x1 Open-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1033C 15/16x1 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 429. Williams 1033C 15/16x1 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1959+.

Fig. 429 shows a Williams 1033C 15/16x1 open-end wrench, stamped with the Williams underline logo in an outline box, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "B" code visible at the left.

The overall length is 11.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating, with some losses due to rust.

Earlier examples of this model can be seen as the Williams 1033-C Open-End Wrench and Williams A1033-C Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench.


1735 1x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1735 1x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 430. Williams 1735 1x1-1/8 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1959+.

Fig. 430 shows a Williams 1735 1x1-1/8 open-end wrench, stamped with the Williams underline logo in an outline box, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "O" code visible at the left.

The overall length is 12.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

Earlier examples of this model can be seen as the Williams 1735 Open-End Wrench and Williams A1735 Ribbed-Style Open-End Wrench.


1090 7/16x1/2 Tappet Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

The next three figures show examples of tappet wrenches in the flat-shank style.

[Williams 1090 7/16x1/2 Tappet Wrench]
Fig. 431. Williams 1090 7/16x1/2 Tappet Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 431 shows a Williams 1090 7/16x1/2 tappet wrench, marked with the standard flat-shank logo, and with a forged "B" code at the left.

The overall length is 8.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


1096 15/16x1 Tappet Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1096 15/16x1 Tappet Wrench]
Fig. 432. Williams 1096 15/16x1 Tappet Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 432 at the left shows an example of a tappet wrench in the flat-shank style, a Williams 1096 15/16x1 tappet wrench marked with the standard flat-shank logo, and with a forged-in "B" code at the left.

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


1096H 7/8x1-1/16 Tappet Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1096H 7/8x1-1/16 Tappet Wrench]
Fig. 433. Williams 1096H 7/8x1-1/16 Tappet Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 433 at the left shows another example of a flat-shank style tappet wrench, a Williams 1096H 7/8x1-1/16 wrench marked with the standard flat-shank logo, and with a forged-in "O" code at the right.

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


1108A 1/4x5/16 Ignition Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1108A 1/4x5/16 Ignition Wrench]
Fig. 434. Williams 1108A 1/4x5/16 Ignition Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 434 shows a Williams 1108A 1/4x5/16 ignition wrench, marked with a variant of the standard flat-shank logo.

The overall length is 3.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


1122 11/32x11/32 Ignition Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1122 11/32x11/32 Ignition Wrench]
Fig. 435. Williams 1122 11/32x11/32 Ignition Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 435 shows a Williams 1122 11/32x11/32 ignition wrench, marked with a variant of the standard flat-shank logo.

The overall length is 3.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


1132 1/2x1/2 Ignition Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1132 1/2x1/2 Ignition Wrench]
Fig. 436. Williams 1132 1/2x1/2 Ignition Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 436 shows a Williams 1132 1/2x1/2 ignition wrench, marked with the standard flat-shank logo.

The overall length is 4.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


7727A 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 7727A 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 437. Williams 7727A 5/8x11/16 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail.

Fig. 437 shows an example of a box wrench in the flat-shank style, a Williams 7727A 5/8x11/16 box wrench marked with the Williams logo, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. A forged-in "B" code is visible at the left of the shank.

The overall length is 10.0 inches. The wrench is finished with satin chrome plating on the shank with polished ends.


7731A 3/4x7/8 Box-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 7731A 3/4x7/8 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 438. Williams 7731A 3/4x7/8 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail.

Fig. 438 shows a Williams 7731A 3/4x7/8 box wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped with the Williams scroll logo and fractional sizes on the front, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 12.3 inches, and the finish is satin chrome plating with polished ends.


7733 7/8x1 Box-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 7733 7/8x1 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 439. Williams 7733 7/8x1 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail.

Fig. 439 shows a Williams 7733 7/8x1 box wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped with the Williams logo, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 14.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ends.


7033C 15/16x1 Box-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 7033C 15/16x1 Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 440. Williams 7033C 15/16x1 Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail.

Fig. 440 shows a Williams 7033C 15/16x1 box wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped with the Williams logo and fractional sizes, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 14.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ends.


8029B 11/16x3/4 Offset Box-End Wrench, Flat-Style Shank

[Williams 8029B 11/16x3/4 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 441. Williams 8029B 11/16x3/4 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 441 shows an example of an offset box wrench in the flat style, a Williams 8029B 11/16x3/4 offset box wrench. The shank is stamped with the Williams logo and fractional sizes on one side, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.8 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ends.

An earlier generation of this model can be seen as the Williams 8029B Offset Box Wrench.


8033C 15/16x1 Offset Box-End Wrench, Flat-Style Shank

[Williams 8033C 15/16x1 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 442. Williams 8033C 15/16x1 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 442 shows a Williams 8033C 15/16x1 offset box wrench, stamped with the Williams logo and fractional sizes on one side, with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. A forged-in code "B" can be seen on the shank at the right.

The overall length is 14.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ends.


8037A 1-1/8x1-5/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, Flat-Style Shank

[Williams 8037A 1-1/8x1-5/16 Offset Box-End Wrench]
Fig. 443. Williams 8037A 1-1/8x1-5/16 Offset Box-End Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 443 shows a Williams 8037A 1-1/8x1-5/16 offset box wrench with the standard flat-style markings. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "B" (not shown).

The overall length is 18.3 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished ends.


1161 7/16 Combination Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1161 7/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 444. Williams 1161 7/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail.

Fig. 444 shows a Williams 1161 7/16 combination wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on one side, with "Williams" and the fractional sizes on the reverse.

The overall length is 6.6 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

A forged-in code "B" can be seen on the shank at the left.

An earlier version of this model can be seen as the Williams 1161 Panelled Combination Wrench.


1164 5/8 Combination Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1164 5/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 445. Williams 1164 5/8 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail.

Fig. 445 shows a Williams 1164 5/8 combination wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped "Williams" with the fractional sizes on the shank, and with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "B" code visible at the left.

The overall length is 8.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.

An earlier version of this model can be seen as the Williams 1164 Panelled Combination Wrench.


1165 11/16 Combination Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 1165 11/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 446. Williams 1165 11/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 446 shows a Williams 1165 11/16 combination wrench in the flat-shank style, stamped "Williams" with the fractional sizes on the shank, and with "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the reverse. The shank also has a forged-in "B" code visible at the left.

The overall length is 9.6 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


XOEE-1218 9/16 Short Combination Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

In later years Williams offered an XOEE series of short combination wrenches.

[Williams XOEE-1218 9/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 447. Williams XOEE-1218 9/16 Short Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail.

Fig. 447 shows a Williams XOEE-1218 9/16 short combination wrench, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the shank, with "Williams" and the fractional sizes on the reverse. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "O" visible at the left.

The overall length is 5.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


XOEE-1220 5/8 Short Combination Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams XOEE-1220 5/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 448. Williams XOEE-1220 5/8 Short Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail.

Fig. 448 shows a Williams XOEE-1220 5/8 short combination wrench, stamped "Superrench" and "U.S.A." on the shank, with "Williams" and the fractional sizes on the reverse. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "O" (not shown).

The overall length is 5.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Industrial Finish Wrenches


729 5/8x3/4 Open-End Wrench, Flat-Shank Style

[Williams 729 5/8x3/4 OPne-End Wrench]
Fig. 449. Williams 729 5/8x3/4 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, ca. 1960+.

Fig. 449 shows a later Williams 729 5/8x3/4 open-end wrench, stamped with "Williams" and "U.S.A." on the shank, with "Williams" and the fractional sizes on the reverse. The reverse shank also has a forged-in code "B" visible at the left.

The overall length is 8.2 inches, and the finish is black oxide.


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