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Established in 1836, the Ensign-Bickford Company is responsible for the early manufacture and widespread use of the safety fuse in America.  The company produced improved fuse and blasting products used domestically and abroad, especially in the European theaters of World War I and World War II, and had a huge impact on Simsbury itself – the company built housing for its management and workers, and established key municipal services for the town.   The artifact collection includes manufacturing equipment such as coilers, powder cans, and spinning machines, and administrative artifacts such as the company safe, desk, and wall clock.  The extensive archive collection includes ledgers, drawings, journals and cash books.





Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070