The Herbrand company was founded in 1881, in Fremont, Ohio, and started out making vehicle springs and suspension systems. The company later developed a number of tools for the automobile as it gained popularity in the early 20th century. "Van-Chrome" was an early line of trademark alloy steel tools. In the 1920s and '30s Herbrand began supplying high-volume retailers with their automotive tools. Through the 1940s and '50s, Herbrand remained competitive, then were acquired in 1961. Vintage Herbrand tools are collectable, and as of October 2010 they are for sale online, at auction or available for purchase at other locations.
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