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Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. 1884 Gun Catalog (Chicago)

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Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. 1884 Gun Catalog (Chicago)

97 pages, about 8" x 11", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice photocopy. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Fully Illustrated.

Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. - This leading hardware dealership was the descendant of a Chicago store called Tuttle, Hibbard & Co., which took that name in 1855 when William G. Hibbard became a partner. In 1865, Hibbard was joined by Franklin F. Spencer, and the enterprise was renamed Hibbard & Spencer. By 1867, the company's annual sales of hardware had reached $1 million. Longtime company employee A. C. Bartlett became a partner in 1882, and the company's name became Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlett & Co. When Spencer died in 1890, the company was among the leading wholesalers of hardware in the United States.

In 1903, the year Hibbard died, the company opened a 10-story warehouse next to State Street Bridge in downtown Chicago. During the Great Depression, in 1932, the company introduced a new line of hand tools under the brand name "True Value" and by 1948, Hibbard's annual sales reached nearly $30 million. But business slowed and profits shrank as new hardware cooperatives began to bypass traditional wholesalers so in 1962, the company's owners, who wanted to move into the real-estate business, sold the hardware operations and the "True Value" brand to John Cotter for $2.5 million.

Contents - Index:

  • Pages: 97
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Illustrated with Prices
  • Ammunition shown to match each gun
  • Colt 12 Gauge with 30 and 32" Barrel
  • Parker Guns
  • Remington Breech Loading Guns Single and Double
  • Greener's New Club and Trap Gun
  • Harrington and Richardson Double Barrel Automatic Hammerless
  • Bartlett Field Shot Gun
  • Bonehill Special Guns
  • Pieper Side Snap
  • English Breech Loading
  • Double Barrel Muzzle Loading Shot Guns
  • W. C. Scott Muzzle Loading Guns
  • Army Muskets
  • Forehand and Wadsworth New Single Barrel
  • Winchester Model 1873 all calibers
  • Winchester Model 1876
  • Colts new Magazine Rifle
  • Winchester Sights
  • Component Parts of the Winchester
  • Reloading Tools by Winchester
  • Reloading tools for Smith and Wesson Revolvers
  • Hepburn Patent Rifles
  • Ballard rifles Sporting, Octagonal and Springfield
  • Stevens and Co. Rifles and Hunter's Pet
  • Quackenbush Air Guns and Magazine Air Gun
  • Flobert Saloon Rifles
  • Old Hickory Revolvers
  • Blue Jacket Revolvers
  • Red Jacket Revolvers
  • Commercial Revolvers
  • American Revolvers
  • H & R Revolvers
  • Forehand and Wadsworth Revolvers
  • Merwin Hulbert New Automatic revolver
  • Colts Revolvers, Peacemaker, Frontier
  • Colt Double Action
  • Colt Army and Army Double
  • Smith and Wesson Revolvers
  • Military and Sporting Cartridges
  • Paper and Brass Shells
  • Gun Implements
  • Powder and Shot Measures
  • Crimpers, Primers, extractors
  • American Shell Loader and Chargers
  • Powells Cartridge Loading Block
  • Bullet Moulds
  • Gun Locks
  • Flasks, Pouches