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1951 Belknap Hardware And Manufacturing Company

 

 

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Stock Code BHM01

  Certificate issued on 6th March 1951, with a cancellation date of 8th August 1956,  for 5,250 shares of par value $20.00 each.

Issued to Louise S Cortesi, with the original (not printed) signatures of the President and Secretary of the company. Vignette of the founder, William Burke Belknap, at the top of the certificate. Ornate brown border.

Certificate size if 20 cm high x 29.5 cm wide (7.5" x 12").

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About the Company

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About the Company

William Burke Belknap founded this historic hardware company in 1840, along the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. It started humbly in a small shop that produced iron products, such as horse and mule shoes, nails, spikes and other forged items.

The first building was a three-story brick on the corner of Third and Main with three employees. It developed into a megastore where you could order everything from building materials and hardware items to furniture and toys. At one time it even carried jewelry and furs. When Belknap celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1940, it had grown to a complex of 37 buildings, covering 37 acres of floor space under one roof. It had underground passageways and covered bridges. Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing was among the nation's largest wholesale enterprises with nationally recognized quality brands

W.B. Belknap was an astute businessman. He was able to quickly discern the needs of his clients and community, focusing on what goods and services would best serve to make his business grow. He began his venture at a time when rivers were the transportation freeways and horsepower was real: mules and carts, horses and wagons. He built on this, providing quality, affordable tools, with brand names such as 'Belknap, King of the Bluegrass' and Thoroughbred, reflecting Kentucky's own pride in its unique topography and its love of fine horseflesh.

Mr. Belknap's savvy business acumen was quite an asset. And he would need every asset he could muster, seeing as he favored the Union during the Civil War while living deep in Dixie. Being president of a bank in Louisville and married to the daughter of its former president would also prove to be another asset. This gave him the solid financial base necessary to support the health and growth of his business.

Being another of that same breed of venture capitalists as E.C. Simmons and A. F. Shapleigh, he was the right man, in the right place, at the right time, with the right goods and services. He rode on the dual waves of an expanding frontier and the industrial revolution. His business philosophy was that whether his clients needed builder's hardware, housewares, mechanic's or farming tools, or even pocket knives, Belknap would fill that order with quality merchandise, that came to be known as "goods of honor".

Like these other men, he started small. His first catalog was a 3" x 5 ", 16 page pamphlet. Belknap's inventory in 1880 was a mere 100 items. In 1940, the company's catalog had grown into a 3000-page tome, containing over 75,000 items. Still going strong! This was quite and accomplishment seeing that the immediately preceding years had see the disappearance of such giants of the industry as Simmons Hardware, bankrupt in 1939. The 1957 catalog provided 90,000 items. When it closed its doors in 1986, under bankruptcy, Belknap's inventory had reached more than 117,000 items, mostly Blue Grass tools.

The Company was W.B. Belknap from 1840-1860; W.B. Belknap and Co. from 1860-1880; W.B. Belknap and Co. Incorporated from 1880-1907 and Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing Company Inc. since 1907

Belknap while obviously a hardware and manufacturing leader, is also remembered for its pocket knives. By the 1800's, pocket knives were some of its primary lines of merchandise. The company carried Russell I*XL and LF & C, then introduced its own brands; Blue Grass, Pine Knot, Jas. W. Price and most noteworthy, the John Primble. This trademark was used as early as 1890, and probably before. It is also found on cutlery. Pine Knot knives were most likely made for Belknap by Robeson. The Primble knives (not those stamped Prussia or Germany) were manufactured under contract by Camillus, Boker, Schrade, Utica and Case.

Labour problems seem to have started its downward spiral of ill business health about 1978, with mismanagement and/or lack of good management being blamed for its final demise in 1986. Unfortunately for history buffs, the Belknap buildings do not remain today, as they were demolished during a movie stunt in 1993. For those of you who want to see what it looked like, check out "Demolition Man', starring Wesley Snipes and Silvester Stallone.

 

 

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