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Bridgeport 1953 catalog
Bridgeport Manufacturing 1953

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This history information was obtained from the EAIA Directory of American Toolmakers book which you can visit thier website at:
 
Bridgeport Hardware Mfg. Co out of Bridgeport, CT  start date around 1899 still trying to find the date information on this company.
They made axes, combination tools, hammers and screwdrivers and the company used a variety of marks with different combinations of jully spelled out or abbreviated (including "BPT" for Bridgeport) words. Some marks add city, brand name, USA, etc.
 
The company used the brand names TOMAHAWK and BABY TERRIER. Their axes and hammers are primarily types used for box/crate work. One screwdriver reported had both this name and a Stanley Mark on it, so they may have been a Stanley supplier at one time. Their combination tools are the type with a hollow handle that holds an assortment of types of bits, screwdrivers, etc. Some marks cited "CORP." vs. "CO.", problably a later year variation
It seems that Cooper Industries bought this company sometime ago.
 
I did find some information on this company under the Bridgeport trademark at the trademark office it reads:
Word Mark BRIDGEPORT
Goods and Services IC 008. US 023. G & S: [ IMPLEMENTS WITHOUT POWER DRIVE TO BE BORNE IN THE HAND WHILE USED-NAMELY, SCRATCH AWLS, AXES, BOX OPENERS AND SCRAPERS, CARTON OPENERS, BOX CHISELS, COLD CHISELS, WOOD CHISELS, CRATE OPENERS, HAMMERS, AUTO HAMMERS, HATCHETS, DOUBLE END WRENCHES, NAIL PULLERS, NAIL SETS,NUT DRIVERS, PIPE WRENCHES, PLIERS, CENTER PUNCHES, SOLID PUNCHES, PUTTY KNIVES, RADIO REPAIR IMPLEMENTS, COPING SAWS, HAND HELD HACK SAWS, SCRAPING KNIVES ], SCREW DRIVERS, [ METAL SNIPS, TIRE REPAIRING INSTRUMENTS, TOMAHAWKS, TROWELS, ADJUSTABLE WRENCHES, BOX HEAD WRENCHES, WRENCH SETS AND ASSORTMENTS, AND SPARK PLUG WRENCHES ]. FIRST USE: 19280000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19280000
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Serial Number 72023610
Filing Date February 1, 1957
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Change In Registration CHANGE IN REGISTRATION HAS OCCURRED
Registration Number 0674925
Registration Date March 3, 1959
Owner (REGISTRANT) BRIDGEPORT HARDWARE MANUFACTURING CORPORATION, THE CORPORATION CONNECTICUT SCOFIELD AVENUE FAIRFIELD CONNECTICUT

(LAST LISTED OWNER) COOPER INDUSTRIES, INC. CORPORATION BY MERGER WITH OHIO P.O. BOX 4446 HOUSTON TEXAS 77210

Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record WILLIAM B PATTERSON
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)
Affidavit Text SECT 15.
Renewal 2ND RENEWAL 19990326
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Bridgeport hatchet

B'Port. Hdwe. MFG. CORP. hatchet
B'Port. Hdwe. MFG. CORP. Bridgeport Conn. USA stamped on shank

BRIDGEPORT mark stamped on head of hatchet
BRIDGEPORT mark stamped on head of hatchet


Bridgeport # 121 tomahawk hatchet
Bridgeport # 121 tomahawk hatchet

Bridgeport 121 mark on hatchet tomahawk
Bridgeport 121 mark on hatchet tomahawk


Bridgeport Box Terrier Crate opener
Example of a Bridgeport Box Terrier Crate opener

Bridgeport Box Terrier Crate opener
Bridgeport Box Terrier Crate opener mark