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• DESCRIPTION: Cast iron threaded hub cap with a brass insert for a Humber automobile built in Great Britain at Coventry between the years of 1898 and 1946. The motif in the center is known as the “Wheel of Life” and was used by Humber for several years. There are traces of nickel on the cap.
• SIZE: The cap has an outside diameter of 4 7/16” and is 2 5/8” high with internal threads.

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Album name:hubcapco / Hubcaps
Keywords:ortob / fke
Filesize:36 KiB
Date added:Jun 30, 2007
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Frank   [Aug 21, 2007 at 07:29 AM]
Your E Mail asking various questions on hub caps has been passed to me, as Historian of The Humber Register 1896 - 1932, to provide some information on the HumberThe Wheel of Life, as it is known was first used by Humber's in 1886 as on 19/6/1886 they applied and were granted a Trade Mark, which incorporated this feature. It was widely used by the company up until the early 30's. Apart from the Trade Marks which featured in their advertising, headed notepaper, etc, it appeared in badges on the steering tube of bicycles right up to the 50's when Humber bicycles were made by Raleigh's. From 1903 it was used as the design of the chainwheels on Humber bicycles and motorcycles. It was also used on the hub caps of the cars from about 1905 until 1929.

I am afraid that I don't know why this design was chosen by Humber's, but I assume that it was intended to symbolise movement and action perhaps even perhaps perpetual motion.

I think that the hup caps you have shown date from the 1905 - 1908 period, before the intrduction of detachable wheels. They look very similar to the ones on my 1908 10/12 hp Coventry Humber. If you send me detailed dimensions of the diameter and height, I should be able to identify which model they would have been fitted to.

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