What is the name of this tool?
(hint: was made in 1915)
Answer: This is a Spitler Puncture Plug. It was used to repair tires.
Early automobile drivers had to deal with bad roads that damaged their tires quite often. The first automobile tires were an extension of bicycle tires. They used high pressurized air. Unfortunately they often failed.
The Spitler Puncture Plug Company designed these plugs to quickly seal the inner tube punctures so drivers could get back on the road again.
No doubt about it, fixing a tire in the early 1900s was quite the experience. Sooo glad for the advancements in tire repair today. Makes me like our new tire changer even more!
Here is a link for the Spitler Puncture Plug Company: