"THE BRONZE" Since 1927

A RICH HISTORY OF PRODUCING QUALITY PRODUCTS

For 97 years, Colonial Bronze has designed and crafted the finest cabinet and architectural hardware available. Unlike our competitors, we do not 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

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

Getting Started

 

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.

1927

Striking Out On Their Own

The original factory in 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

Moving Shop

The interior of the current factory in 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.

1930

The New Factory

The current factory in 1930

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

1930

The First Catalog

 

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

1937

A Growing Reputation

Colonial Bronze tradeshow booth in the 1940's

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

1940's

Doubling Down

1948 Expansion

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

1948

Expanding Again

Modern day line production

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

1996