Welcome to The
Hardware Companies Kollectors Klub (THCKK)
It is with sadness that we report
the death of the mother of Janice Kriegel. Both Janice and her husband Doug are
members of THCKK. We provide
prayers to Janice and her family.
mission of THCKK is to educate our members and the general public about
the about the history and functions of the great hardware companies,
including Simmons Hardware, Shapleigh Hardware, Belknap Hardware, Witte
Hardware, Winchester-Simmons Hardware, and others. We want to improve
the ability of our members to add to their collections by meeting on a
yearly basis and sharing both their knowledge and their collections.
is a not-for-profit organization formed in March of 1996. It serves to
distribute information and provide an interactive forum about hardware
companies such as E.C. Simmons, A.F. Shapleigh and The Winchester Store
(and the popular collectibles bearing their logos and house brands) and
other historically interesting hardware companies.
members are interested in tools, various types of advertising, catalogs
and ephemera, promotional and other related hardware, household and
sporting goods that were sold by these hardware companies. Probably the
most familiar of these logos and company slogans are Keen Kutter "
The Recollection of Quality Remains Long After The Price is
Forgotten.", Diamond Edge , "Diamond Edge is The Quality
Pledge" and The Winchester Store "... As Good as the
Gun". Other tool and hardware company house brands such as Polly
Prim, Oak Leaf, Crusader, "Our Very Best" ( Hibbard, Spencer,
Bartlett & Company), Revonoc, Cruso; Blue Grass (Belknap Hardware)
"The Nation's Standard of Quality" & "Tools of
Honor", Pine Knot, John Primble, Thoroughbred; Stanley Rule and
Level Co, Four Square, etc. will also be included as interest dictates.
Witte- IXL Square Brand; Wyeth, Lee, BBB (Bingham's Best Brand), Van
Camp, Sargent-Very Best Made, etc. are also of interest to many
THCKK has over 200 members representing 38 states. Dues are $20.00 per year
and includes 3 newsletters. " The Winchester * Keen Kutter *
Diamond Edge Chronicles" is the offical publication of THCKK and
features articles, historical items, tidbits, updates on fakes and
fantasy items, and questions about any items related to this field. An
annual Klub Meet (as a part of the annual auction by Simmons Auction
Service) is held in Richmond, Missouri. Usually the 3rd or 4th weekend
in March (Depending on Easter and Indy Advertising Show). This Meet is
open general public. A minimal set-up fee for tail-gating is charged
$20 per member and you have to be a THCKK member to set up. Really
Great TAIL-GATING & SWAP MEET, all day Thursday, both inside the
building and in the parking lot and inside Friday before auction and
Saturday in the parking lot. PUBLIC INVITED!! ($20
tail-gating fee good for all 3 days, must be member set up. Can join at
Meet. Annual Klub Membership only $20). Plan to join us for
Supper & Socializing Friday night. There is a charge for the meal.
Sign-Up during tailgating or during auction on Friday.
welcome all persons interested in becoming members of THCKK.
is committed to establishing avenues for communication for its members
and providing as much information to collectors of Keen Kutter, Diamond
Edge, Winchester, Simmons and Shapleigh Hardware items as possible.
many members with interests in smaller and lesser known hardware
companies. If you do not see the Brand you are looking for, there is
probably someone else in THCKK who shares your interest. If you would
like to write a description and/or history of your hardware company of
interest please contact The
Chronicles Editor or Webmaster.
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