The history on this company was provided by the Directory of American Toolmakers Book by the
Early American Industries Association, which you visit at the EAIA website link http://www.eaiainfo.org/
Hibbard, Spencer, & Bartlett
CO. ChicagoIllinois 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
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