Fine Brass Hardware Since 1927 • Handmade In The USA

ABOUT "THE BRONZE"

A RICH HISTORY OF PRODUCING QUALITY PRODUCTS

For over 90 years, Colonial Bronze has produced the finest cabinet and architectural hardware available. Unlike our competitors, we DON’T import finished hardware from overseas – we never allow anyone else to be responsible for the quality that bears the Colonial Bronze name. We control every aspect of our production and the level of quality that goes into our products, from start to finish. When you order hardware from Colonial Bronze, American craftsmen and women will do their best to deliver the finest products you can find anywhere.

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Immigrating From Switzerland

Immigrating From Switzerland

  • 1927

In 1927, two Swiss brothers, Maximillian Fredriche Ruefli and Josef Augustus Ruefli, immigrated to the United States to use the toolmaking skills they learned as apprentices in Switzerland.

1927
1927
Getting Started

Getting Started

  • 1927

The first jobs they landed in the US were as toolmakers for a hardware manufacturing company in Bayonne, New Jersey – Standard Bronze – a manufacturer of locksets and door hardware.

Striking Out On Their Own

Striking Out On Their Own

  • 1927

That same year, in 1927, they decided that they should strike out on their own and opened their first factory on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, calling it (with very little imagination) Colonial Bronze.

1927
1930
Moving Shop

Moving Shop

  • 1930

After a few years of driving to Connecticut to get their brass raw material, the brothers moved Colonial from the Bronx to Torrington, Connecticut, in the heart of what was then known as the "Brass Valley," home to nearly all of the country's brass mills.

The New Factory

The New Factory

  • 1930

 Here is Colonial’s factory in 1930 – where it remains to this day

1930
1937
The First Catalog

The First Catalog

  • 1937

The first catalog offered premium brass hardware products – from handles and knobs to hooks and even clothesline pulleys made of solid brass.

A Growing Reputation

A Growing Reputation

  • 1940's

Colonial’s reputation grew and it became a fixture in all the leading industry trade shows (a sign of the times - look for the ashtray at the end of the couch), with its exciting designs.

 

1940's
1948
Doubling Down

Doubling Down

  • 1948

By 1948, Colonial Bronze was expanding again, nearly doubling the factory's original size.

Expanding Again

Expanding Again

  • 1996

In 1996, Colonial Bronze expanded again. In addition to more than doubling capacity again, Colonial upgraded to state of the art manufacturing facilities.

1996
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