Sunday, August 6, 2017

Vanished tool makers: L. Huggniot-Tissot, France

I recently found this pair of duckbill pliers at a yard sale.  They're marked "L. Huggniot-Tissot."  I can't make out what the logo on the left side is supposed to represent. I've read that the company's trademarks included a crown, a lion (passant, looking over shoulder), a cockerel and the letters "L.H.T."  It doesn't look to me like any of these.

Curiously, it's marked "Acier Anglais" ("English steel") but also "Made in France."  A truly bilingual tool.

There's not a lot of online information about this manufacturer.  I did discover that Lucien Hugoniot-Tissot manufactured a variety of watchmaker’s, jeweler's and watchmaker's tools.  The company was located in Montécheroux in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France near the border with Switzerland and was active between 1850 and 1930.  How the tool ended up in the boonies of eastern Ontario will remain a delicious mystery.

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