Sanderson Steel was started in Sheffield, England in 1776 and Sanderson Bros. & Newbold Ltd. purchased Sweet Iron Works in Syracuse in 1876. They may have supplied Crown fluid steel barrels to Hunter Arms starting in 1893 with the introduction of the Pigeon grade gun, Nitro steel in 1895, Armor in 1898, and Royal in 1901. It is my opinion they served as the importer of “rough forged tubes” from Belgium rather than producing barrels; for Hunter Arms, Ithaca and N.R Davis & Sons.
Sanderson used the brand name “Sanderson Bros. & Co.” and was one of 13 companies that formed Crucible Steel Co. of America July 21, 1900, with headquarters in Pittsburgh. Sanderson then became Sanderson Brothers Steel Works.
C.H. Halcomb, former president of Crucible, formed Halcomb Steel Company in Syracuse in 1902, with L.C. Smith as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The first electric arc furnace was developed by Paul Héroult, of France, in 1900. Héroult came to the U.S. in 1905 and Halcomb Steel Co. installed the first electric arc furnace in the U.S. in 1906. Crucible bought Halcomb in 1911.
Until we find purchase orders or invoices describing esactly what was provided by Sanderson, Crucible and Halcomb, I don't believe we can KNOW the answers to our many questions. But the search is part of the fun
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