Speedometer and Mileage Recorder, circa 1910

Summary

Speedometers were optional equipment for early automobiles. Motorists however found them useful and during the 1910s they became standard on many vehicles. The instrument calculated a vehicle's speed, and with an accompanying odometer let drivers know how far they had traveled. This circa 1910 Stewart and Clark speedometer has a mileage and trip odometer made by Veeder Manufacturing Company.

Speedometers were optional equipment for early automobiles. Motorists however found them useful and during the 1910s they became standard on many vehicles. The instrument calculated a vehicle's speed, and with an accompanying odometer let drivers know how far they had traveled. This circa 1910 Stewart and Clark speedometer has a mileage and trip odometer made by Veeder Manufacturing Company.

Artifact

Speedometer

Date Made

circa 1910

Creators

Stewart & Clark Manufacturing Company 

Veeder Mfg. Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Hartford 

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Speedometer made by Stewart & Clark Manufacturing Company in Chicago, Illinois; odometer made by Veeder Manufacturing Company, Hartford, Connecticut.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.4.3878

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Brass (Alloy)
Glass (Material)

Color

Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 4.125 in

Width: 5.125 in

Depth: 5 in

Inscriptions

Stamped onto odometer: PATENTED / VEEDER / OCT. 22 1895 / THE VEEDER MFG. CO. / HARTFORD CONN. U.S.A. On speedometer dial face: MILES PER HOUR / 0-50 / STEWART / SPEEDOMETER-MILEAGE RECORDER / STEWART & CLARK MFG. CO. / CHICAGO. U.S.A. / PATENTED

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