Biddle Sporting Goods est. 1837

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Biddle Sporting Goods est. 1837

Postby mikesglove » September 24th, 2011, 12:51 am

Robert and William Biddle founded Biddle Hardware in Philadelphia in 1837. This envelop from 1893 shows the Biddle Hardware Anvil logo and a bicycle ad.
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By 1913 Their catalogs ran over 1000 pages and they carried a full range of hardware merchandise including sporting goods. In 1913, Biddle merged with another hardware supplier of Philadelphia, Supplee Hardware. Supplee-Biddle Hardware Inc. became one of the largest wholesale hardware jobbers east of the Mississippi.
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This 1920's Biddle buckle web mitt is very rare especially with the intact cloth patch. This mitt needs a little restoration work. Something I planned to do about 10 years ago. Oh well. Supplee-Biddle Hardware later merged in 1964 with Tryon Sporting Goods and became known as Tryon-Supplee-Biddle Inc.
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Re: Biddle Sporting Goods est. 1837

Postby mikesglove » October 31st, 2011, 9:18 pm

Here is another Biddle glove, the Biddle Special "Virgil Barnes" Model . it also is stamped "Professional Model". Looks to be a 1920-30's vintage. Image
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Re: Biddle Sporting Goods est. 1837

Postby softball66 » October 31st, 2011, 10:15 pm

Good work Mike. I can honestly say I'd not heard of Biddle before!
I would imagine a lot of what began and remained as hardware stores, added on sporting goods products as time went by in America.
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