Friday, February 24, 2012

We used to make things in this country. #95: Belleville Hardware & Lock Mfg. Co., Belleville Ontario

The Belleville Hardware & Lock Manufacturing Company was located on Pinnacle Street in Belleville, Ontario.  I can't find any reliable information on the company, other than it seems to have been bought out by the Corbin Lock Company of Canada (a subsidiary of P.&F. Corbin of New Britain, CT) around 1947.  Although you can't really make it out from the photo, the lovely door latch above (that's solid polished brass, by the way, not plating) has "Belleville Sargent" cast into it.  The Sargent Manufacturing Company of New Haven, CT did buy Corbin Lock, so this door latch must have been made after this happened.  Sargent is now owned by the Swedish lock giant, Assa Abloy.  (As an aside, the name Assa dates back to 1881, when the blacksmith/founder's wife embroidered his name forwards and backwards on a pillow:  August Stenman, Stenman August.  The Swedes are weird this way:  google how the pop group Abba got its name.)

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