As Edwark K. Tryon Co. Sporting Goods was celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 1911, a venerable company like Wilson Sporting Goods was still a few years away from even beginning business. The Tryon Co. was started by George Tryon in 1811. He was a gunsmith by trade and sold his own firearms for hunting. As the company grew, it became apparent that becoming an importer and retailer for other manufacturers was a more lucrative way of doing business. Tryon Co. expanded their line of merchandise to include not only firearms but fish & game and all sorts of outdoorsman gear. By 1906 , Tryon had been through eight different name changes reflecting different family members being involved in the business.
In the 1880's Tryon added baseball equipment to their merchandise line. They developed relationships with different baseball glove manufacturers through the years and sold a variety of gloves and mitts under the Tryon label. The mitt below, model 88 from the Tryon 1911 catalog is such an example. It was tough to pinpoint the manufacturer, but I think this mitt was made by Stall & Dean. Notice the similarity of the buckle strap design, even to the detail of the metal roller sleeve in the buckle itself. Of course, there were some easy gloves to identify. This "Bucky Harris" model is easily identified as a Ken-Wel. Tryon came under hard times in the 1930's, possibly due to the Great Depression and closed its doors in 1936. Edward Tryon wrote a book celebrating his company called "The Oldest Sporting Goods Company in America 1816-1936".
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