Splitdorf Dixie Magneto, 1915-1925

Summary

Magnetos served as simple, reliable ignition systems for internal combustion engines in early automobiles, motorcycles, and airplanes. Modern ignition magnetos are still found in lawnmowers and chainsaws, and aircraft use magnetos as an independent electrical system. Auto manufacturers, however, found other methods to keep engines turning.

Magnetos served as simple, reliable ignition systems for internal combustion engines in early automobiles, motorcycles, and airplanes. Modern ignition magnetos are still found in lawnmowers and chainsaws, and aircraft use magnetos as an independent electrical system. Auto manufacturers, however, found other methods to keep engines turning.

Artifact

Magneto

Date Made

1915-1925

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2016.0.1.116

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal

Color

Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 6.5 in

Width: 3.25 in

Length: 8.5 in

Inscriptions

on front: MADE IN U.S.A./ DIXIE/ 43/ MADE UNDER ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING PATENTS/ [...]/ PATENTS ISSUED AND PENDING IN PRINCIPAL FOREIGN COUNTRIES INCLUDING: CANADA/ [...]/ GREAT BRITAIN/ [...]

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