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181924 Steve Reynolds <s.e.reynolds@v...> 2008‑08‑05 Re: Old saw with blank medallion
On Aug 5, 2008, at 12:04 AM, Don McConnell wrote:

> Steve Reynolds wrote:
>> 	Ray, I don't think I'm following.  Are you saying that one company 
>> (Priest & Co.) had a trademark for "Warranted Superior", and made all 
>> the sawnuts so marked?
> [snip]
> As to the "Warranted Superior"/coat-of-arms medallion being registered
> as a trade mark, the earliest indication I've found of that is in 1879,
> in association with the William Henry Smith firm. These are links to
> the trade mark listing and an advertisement in the 1879 directory:
> http://www.planemaker.com/photos/whsmith.jpg
> http://www.planemaker.com/photos/whsmith2.jpg
> At some point between 1879 and 1901, Priest and Co. seems to have
> purchased rights to the trade mark, as Ray has already indicated.
> Their 1901 trade mark listing can be found at this link:
> http://www.planemaker.com/photos/Priest.jpg
> So, it would appear that all such medallions, for quite some time,
> would have been manufactured by one of these firms. At this point, I
> don't know how early the W. H. Smith succession of firms registered
> it as a trade mark, but they had been making saw screws for over 40
> years by 1879, and may have registered it some years earlier.

	Thanks, Don, for your usual level of scholarly research.  I'm assuming 
that the trademark you discuss would be effective for Great Britain and 
whatever Commonwealth that was obeying British trademark laws at the 
time?  I'm further assuming the Warranted Superior sawnuts we usually 
see here in the US were made by whoever wanted to.   I have always 
thought that Disston, Atkins, and Simonds made their own Warranted 
Superior nuts and supplied other smaller firms.



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