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On Dec 24 2001, a courier truck pulled into my drive and dropped off a package. Inside the package was a note and a bundle wrapped in tissue paper. Printed in bold was a letter and cover page with the message,
"Every wrench head needs a wrench"
"Every Henderson wrench head needs a Henderson wrench"
"There is only one set known to exist"
"Enjoy, my friend"
Included in the envelope was a letter of authenticity and the story of the motorcycle and these tools.
These set of tools came from a 1924 Henderson DeLuxe originally purchased by a businessman from New York. He rode the Four to Connecticut to visit his Aunt, and on arrival was called back to New York on business. He returned to New York via train with the intention on returning to Connecticut at a later, more convenient time. After completeing his business he departed his office, walked outside, stepped off the sidewalk to cross the street and was struck by an automobile and met his death. The motorcycle stayed in Connecticut in his Aunts barn until many years later was sold to a German immigrant who did handiwork for her around the house. The German immigrant hired a boy to mow his lawn, at which time the Henderson was stored under a tarp. After much persuasion the boy convinced the German immigrant to sell the motorcycle to him. He kept the DeLuxe for many years.
|The bike was then purchased by Carl Casket
and transported to Greensboro, North Carolina. When the toolbox was opened
the tools were present and enclosed in the original canvas bag. The tools
were kept by Carl and after many years the bike was sold to Don Wathne
of Grassy Keys, Florida and resides in his collection at the present time.
While doing business with Carl, LC Lynch was informed of the history of
the DeLuxe and the tool kit. After a relentless persuit LC aquired the
tool kit from Carl along with the photographs.
The letter concludes by saying, I now give this Henderson tool set to Rob Olsen of Olsen 4 Cylinder Motors. And is signed by L.C.Lynch of Salsbury, North Carolina.
In the many years I have worked with Henderson
motorcycles I have never seen or had the opportunity to view an original
tool kit as the original tool kits have long since gone. This is the only
kit that exists, that I am
aware of. Although quite complete this kit seems to be missing the
Monkey wrench. It is my hope to locate and aquire, to complete this kit.
As the current conservator, I'm not only honoured, but am speechless at
the gift of these tools. To me, an incredible gesture of friendship that
came directly from the heart. After much thought, I realize the gift was
purposely intended to bring joy to me, and did so in a way I am not able
to express, to which I will be forever humbled and gratefull.
|Henderson decals. Made by the Jac-o-lac decal co. for the Henderson factory in the 1920's. These decals are not tank transfers. The factory had them made for dealers as window decals for shops as an advertising piece.|