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Manufacturers Index - Keystone Forge Co.
History
Last Modified: Feb 6 2012 8:27AM by Jeff_Joslin
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In 1874, this firm—variously named Key Stone Forge Co., Keystone Forge Co., or Keystone Portable Forge Co.—primary product line seems to have been forges and blowers for blacksmithing. There was a Keystone Forge in Reading, Pa. (which may be related to Gray Iron Foundry & Manufacturing Co., Inc.), and we remain uncertain whether the two businesses are one and the same.

Information Sources

  • Twelfth Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, September and October 1874. Reports of the judges,p. 23 "Key Stone Forge Co. (A. J. Wilkinson & Co., Agents, Boston), Philadelphia, Pa. One Foot Lathe; two Foot Lathes with Scroll and Circular Saws.—Very pretty Machines for amateur mechanics. We award a Diploma."
  • Thanks to correspondent Phil Sponem for turning up a couple of 1874 patents used by this firm, patents 148,652 and 164,512. Phil also reports a catalog for this firm that was distributed by New York dealer Manning, Maxwell & Moore. The catalog shows Keystone forges and blowers. One of the illustrated forges is labeled Keystone Forge Co., and another is labeled Keystone Portable Forge Co.