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    Posted 10 years ago

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    need help with these have no idea where they originate or their value?
    ice skates,
    roller skates,
    toy sewing machine,

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    1. Spiperato Spiperato, 7 years ago
      Hello walleyeman, Your ice skates are made by the Union Hardware Co. I hope this helps.

      BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNION HARDWARE CO., Torrington, Connecticut: The Union
      Hardware Company began in 1864 in what had been an old lock shop in the area
      known as Torrington Hollow. By autumn of 1865, the company relocated down
      the Naugatuck River into its own set of new buildings. Throughout this time,
      the company was engaged in the manufacture of ice skates of all sizes and
      styles. In the following years, Union Hardware expanded its product line to
      include items made of iron, leather, and wood. In 1905, the manufacture of
      steel fishing rods began followed by the manufacture of fishing reels in
      1923. Through acquisitions, a line of silk fishing line and silk cords was
      added and, in 1925, split bamboo rods were added to the line of products.
      Other acquisitions brought Union Hardware into the business of tools and
      police goods, rules and levels, and athletic shoes and ice skate outfits.
      During the 1920s, Union Hardware began production of the tubular steel golf
      shaft and, by 1946, the company discontinued its vast line of hardware
      products to concentrate solely in the sporting goods area. In 1960, Union
      Hardware became part of Brunswick Corporation and continued to be one of the
      leading producers of sidewalk roller skates and golf club shafts. The
      production of roller skates was phased out in 1967. In 1996, FM Precision
      Golf Corporation acquired the Union Hardware Division of Brunswick. The
      following year, after a merger with Royal Grip, the company changed its name
      to Royal Precision. Royal Precision was engaged until recently in the
      manufacture of golf club shafts. In June 2006, Royal Precision was purchased
      by True Temper Sports Inc of Memphis, Tennessee. Courtesy of the Torrington
      Historical Society, 192 Main Street Torrington, CT 06790

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