Bradley and Hubbard

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 Bradley and Hubbard 1852- 1940s,   Walter Hubbard & his brother-in-law, Nathaniel Lyman Bradley, started making cast iron clocks, tables, frames, andirons, lamps, chandeliers, sconces and sewing machines in 1854 in Meriden, Connecticut.   The company became Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Co. in 1875.   The Charles Parker Company bought the firm in 1940.  








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This mark is found on cast iron match safes, lamp bases, andirons, letter holders, and inkwells.


This mark, consisting of raised san serif letters, is found on cast iron match safes, lamp bases, andirons and fire tools.

The basic elements of this mark are the letters "B&H" with printer's flowers above and below. Several variations of this mark have been found: some have raised circles with recessed lettering(above), in others the circle is recessed and the letters raised, and in still others, the raised letters are encircled by a raised ring. This mark is found on bookends, vases, candle sticks, andirons, and fireplace tools.

In this mark, plain san serif raised letters are set within two concentric raised rings. This mark was found on the inside of an electric ceiling light fixture.

In this mark, raised san serif letters are surrounded by a single raised oval ring. Found on iron match safes, andirons, and fireplace tools.


  The triangle and lantern mark.

The most commonly found Bradley and Hubbard mark is the triangle and lantern design. It was devised sometime after the 1875 reorganization when the company was renamed The Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company, possibly as late as ca.1902. This mark appears on a wide variety of objects made over a long period of time.

This mark is found stamped into brass cigar and cigarette boxes, desk sets, ash trays, lamps, vases, tobacco jars, and candle sticks dating from ca.1920-1940.

Dating to the turn of the twentieth century, this paper label was attached to the felt pads on the bottoms of bookends, lamps, candle sticks, ink wells, and sculptures.

This paper label differs from the previous example with the addition of several design elements: first, the lineMeriden Conn. along the bottom edge; second, the black background; third, the  metallic gold letters and borders; and finally the more elegant and articulated lantern design. This redesigned mark appears in the 1934 Bradley and Hubbard catalogueDistinctive Metalware for Home and Office (above).

On heavier pieces of brass and iron work, the mark was cast directly into the piece. On brass (above top) it is found on ink wells, candle sticks, and lamp bases.

On iron pieces (above bottom) it is found on fire place tools, andirons, ink wells, match safes, weighted bases for candle sticks, and lamps.



This mark is found on the oil font filler caps of Bradley and Hubbard's kerosene burning lamps produced during the 1880's and well into the twentieth century.

This mark is found on the wick raising knob of lamps fitted with the duplex burner.

The B&H (above & below) refers to the patented central draft Bradley and Hubbard kerosene burners. Usually found stamped or embossed into the body of the oil font.


This simple san serif text mark is usually found stamped into the metal frame of slag glass lamp shades.