These pliers are the only tools I've ever encountered with this company's name. I suspect that their shape has been modified by a previous owner, since slip-joint needle-nose pliers are unusual to say the least. Probably, he needed a pair of circlip pliers and so modified this tool to work.
There's not a lot of information available about this company. The H.J. Harrold Tool Co. was located in Colombiana, Ohio, starting off as the Harrold Tool & Forge Company. Below, a 1920 ad brought to my attention by a visitor's comment:
|MotorBoating, December, 1920|
A reader provided the above picture of an axe head he found and wonders what the initials mean. The ad above makes reference to H J H tools but neither of the initials could be interpreted as an h or a j. Anyone have an idea?
Below, the lid of a "Junior's Tool Chest" made by the company and offered on the web. It looks like they cheaped out on the artist: the kid looks moronic and possibly vampiric.
Located halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Columbiana bills itself as "The city with the small-town heart." Cute. Harvey Firestone was born there and is tiresomely remembered through a park and a cemetery.