I would like to dedicate this page to John Goss, a dear friend of mine whom is no longer
with us on this earth, for without his help this page would not have been possible
Below are two links to the first section of tools of a 1922 Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co.
# 69 catalog you will need the latest version of the adobe reader to view these files which you can download
free at www.adobe.com
Hibbard, Spencer, & Bartlett
Illinois 1883-1983. They sold axes, cutlery, hatchets, knives, levels, plane
irons and planes and many other items. This company was a large hardware dealership that had a variety of tools made by others
marked with their name and or one of several brand names they used. The principals were William G. Hibbard Died in 1904, Franklin
F. Spencer who died in 1891 and Adolphus C. Bartlett who died in 1917. Bartlett
worked for the other tow in Hibbard, Spencer & Co. before becoming their partner under this name. Some of the brand names
they used were: OUR VERY BEST (OVB), AJAZ, Black Diamond, Hibbard and HIBSPEBAR. The REV-O-NOC of mark was not used until
sometime after 1900 when a man named Conover (REVONOC spelled backwards) became an officer in the company. Lamson & Goodnow
(cutlery) and the Sandusky Tool Co. were tow of their known suppliers.
There is a lot more
history on this company which you can view at the following website http://www.thckk.org/ovb-hist.html