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Old 06-04-2019, 05:10   #1
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hardware company logo identification

Hello all:
I am looking to id the manufacturer of the following logo. It is Circa 1960. The boat that it is on is a 1960 SwiftSure Rhodes.

Also, is this topic forum the best place to ask the question?
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Old 06-04-2019, 06:53   #2
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What is the hardware?
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Hi Terry:
Thanks for the reply.
I have seen this logo on all the 8" and 9" deck cleats. (picture)
All Bronze. Also on the winch handle keepers.
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I think those boats were built in Europe and the gear is probably European. Is there a Swiftsure yahoo group that might know more? I considered buying on a few years ago but it was too much of a project. Beautiful Boats. Grant.
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Nicro Fico I think
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Nicro Fico has - like almost all enterprises that serve the recreational maritime market - a fun history.

Fico started in Australia in the 1950s. The Field Instrument Company - using the Fico moniker - started in about 1950, run by Reg Freame and Gordon Chatfield. Reg and Gordon set up their commercial base in Brighton (a coastal suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Aus; now a suburb largely inhabited by the well-heeled).

Fico made stainless steel fittings for boats. So it was the major local competition for Ron and Stan (whose commercial enterprise was, of course, called Ronstan).

In 1981, Ronstan bought Fico.

Then we have to jump to San Leandro, California. Norman Scott Wright junior (1912-2006) was the president of Transworld Purchasing & Supply Corp.

In 1954, Norman formed Nicro Corporation. I guess the name is an allusion to Nickel and Chromium? In the 1960s, Nicro pioneered lightweight investment-cast stainless steel snap shackles.

In the early 1970s, Norman Scott Wright bought Fico from Ronstan (which was in a financial crisis) and merged it with his Nicro Corp.

Nicro/Fico gained street cred (or 'round the buoys cred'??) in the 1970s and 1980s because specially made Nicro/Fico snap shackles went to the moon on Apollo missions. And were on the Columbia space shuttle (remember that?).

In 1995, Ronstan bought Nicro/Fico. Again.

I've a few snap shackles from the Nicro/Fico division of Ronstan.
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The logo used by Nicro/Fico evolved with time and corporate changes.

My late 1990s snap shackles from the Nicro division of Ronstan have the letters N and U marking them.

Ronstan still markets "Nicro snap shackles" but now they are I think just marked "Ronstan".

Here's another form, with the letter N above the sailboat and the ripples (which have been seen by some as the letter M or perhaps a W):

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Thanks for the detailed history. I appreciate it.

So is it safe to say that items with just that stamp can be call Fico/Nico hardware?

I can not make out the logo. do you have a different picture, or can make the one here clearer?

Again, thanks for the time.
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I can not make out the logo. do you have a different picture, or can make the one here clearer?
Here's a Nicro/Fico advert from Cruising World in 1979.
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