MIDDLETOWN CONNECTICUT

Middlesex Mfg. Co

Tool Makers of
Middletown, Connecticut

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Tools Made: Draw knives, plane irons, chisels, wrenches and washer cutters.

Working Dates: C1885-87.   Decertified 1905. Ref. 64 Page 520.

     The company probably started earlier. The first reference I have is from the 1885-86 city directory. Note in the Ad below the name on the tools is "GLOBE". In the 1887-88 city directory Clarence P. Bonfoey is listed as manager.

 

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                         Marked "MIDDLESEX MFG. CO.                                    9 inch drawknife

                                          MIDDLETOWN CONN

                                              WARRANTED"

 

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2 1/8 inch plane iron

Marked on the outside "MIDDLESEX M'F'G. CO. MIDDLETOWN, CT. U.SA"

and inside the circle "BALDWIN WARRANTED"

The Globe Mfg. CO. mark on their plane iron is similar to this mark. View here.

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The chisels have three different marks.

Mark 1: MIDDLESEX MFG. CO. 1 line.

Mark 2: MIDDLESEX MFG. CO. / MIDDLETOWN, CT. 2 lines

Mark 3: MIDDLESEX MFG. CO. / MIDDLETOWN, CT. / WARRANTED 3 lines.

Ad from the 1885-86 city directory.

 

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Below is the 1889 Sanborn Insurance Map of the factory.

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References:  3, 54, 57, 64     Back Home

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