Full Scan of the Vintage T.E. Conklin Brass & Copper Co Catalog from 1951
For the reference of all of you vintage boat builders and restorers that are looking to identify the vintage fasteners in their project I've purchased, scanned, and uploaded a complete copy of the T.E. Conklin Brass & Copper Co catalog from 1951. Within the catalog you can find many of the items that were used in your vessel, as Conklin was a supplier to Chris Craft, Century Boats, and numerous other boat builders and shipyards from days gone by.
As stated in the catalog, T.E. Conklin was founded in 1860 in the state of New York, and at the time of the catalog's printing they had of 5 million pounds of non-ferrous metals in stock (Fair Wind Fasteners is only slightly under 5 million pounds. Slightly...) As the largest non-ferrous fastener supplier on the Eastern Seaboard, T.E. Conklin supplied the United States Navy, various large shipyards, and small boat builders alike.
With their specialty of non-ferrous metals, and Fair Wind Fastener's specialty of silicon bronze fasteners, we here at Fair Wind can supply many of the items that were popular in their catalog.
When I first came across this old catalog from 1951 I knew I had to have and hold it. Apart from a love of vintage ephemera, I also had a fastener company and knew that many of my customers would be just as interested in what the catalog contains as I am. With an older version of the catalog in the Smithsonian, I really feel like I have something "cool" here. Unfortunately, the scanned version doesn't come with that old paper smell, but you can get a look at what was sold by Conklin nearly 70 years ago and certainly identify some of the vintage fasteners that may be in the boat you're working on. I hope it's not only entertaining, but informative.