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Blackinton

Blackinton

Blackinton has been a part of the local community for over 160 years!  Versatility, creativity, and a local commitment to fine craftsmanship are the values upon which Blackinton has successfully sustained over 160 years of manufacturing excellence in the United States.  We began in 1852 under the leadership of Virgil Blackinton in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts. 


In 1852, Working in Jet – a gleaming black glass – Virgil Blackinton’s creations received immediate acclaim in the world of fashion.   The first recorded products were ladies’ buckles, men’s cuff links, and hair adornments.


As the demand for decorative accessories became more sophisticated, new mediums were employed capable of accepting the intricate designs then in vogue.  Wood was richly carved or heavily Japan lacquered while other materials were embellished  with metal trim.  The vagary of fashion was such that Virgil Blackinton never went to extremes or succumbed to the temporary trends or fads.  Instead he preferred to blend good design with craftsmanship to produce a superior creation with lasting appeal – a philosophy that is now well into its second century of company practice.  


Tradition tempered by fine craftsmanship alone could not have secured the respected position Blackinton® gained almost at its very inception.  It also required an artistic sense constantly on the alert, appreciative of the trends of the day but without being bound by their dictates, sensitive to new ideas but cautious in acceptance and guided always by a respect for beauty, form and substance in all its creations.


The pieces originating with Blackinton® are a direct result of the creativity of its  people – each an artist in his own right, carefully chosen for his varied talents and skills. Blackinton® is… artists, designers, engravers, sculptors and artisans working together to achieve excellence.



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