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Baltimore hardware merchants manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 2179


This collection contains orders, receipts, and correspondence from Baltimore hardware merchants to Gillet & Co., which produced carpenter and shipwright tools in Elmira, New York.


  • 1876-1885


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Historical Note

Several Baltimore hardware importers are represented in the collection, including Anderson Brothers, Moritz and Keidel, and Penniman & Brother. Anderson Bros. operated under the name Anderson & Jessop, Anderson Brothers, and Anderson & Ireland. The company began operations in 1805 at 44 East Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland. The hardware store also sold cutlery, sporting goods, ammunition, and guns. After the 1904 fire in Baltimore, the store moved to 111 Light Street and continued there until the 1960s.

Moritz and Keidel was founded by Henry Keidel and K. Moritz. The shop imported and sold items similar to Anderson Brothers and was located on German Street in Baltimore. Keidel bought out his partner in 1864 and became known as Henry Keidel & Co. The company grew under his tutelage and became one of the largest hardware sellers in the South.

Penniman and Brother was an importer and wholesale dealer of domestic and foreign hardware located at 10 North Howard Street in Baltimore.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Chemung County Historical Society in 1974.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains orders, receipts, and correspondence from Baltimore hardware merchants to Gillet & Co., in Elmira, New York. The Baltimore buyers, including Anderson Bros., Moritz and Keidel, and Penniman & Bro., primarily ordered different types of augers from Gillet & Co., which also manufactured axes, drill bits, and other carpentry tools.


Guide to the Baltimore hardware merchants manuscript collection
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Lara Westwwod
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-14: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States