Posted by Chris Gower on February 01, 2001 at 12:48:13:
In Reply to: Hiatt or Hiatts posted by Orchid on January 31, 2001 at 20:47:21:
: This might seem like like a nit, but what is the name of the English Handcuff maker. It says Hiatts on the cuffs that I have, but I see them referred to as Hiatt often, even here. Does anyone know for sure what the offical company name is?
The actual name of the company is HIATT & Co Ltd. They were founded in 1780 by a Mr Hiat (note only one T in his name). Not too sure when the 2nd T was added but in 1832 the trade directory listed them with two T's.
They are based in Baltimore Road, Great Barr, Birmingham and have been there since 1953. Must admit I have never seen any handcuffs or legirons stamped HIAT (occasionally the 2nd T is weakly stamped). Their current literature actually says HIATTS on the front but really refers to Hiatts' range of Police and Security Equipment. Hope this helps.
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