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J.L. Hammett Company
Baintree, MA
1863 - Current

Aliases

 

 

Locations

 

Rhode Island

Boston, MA

Bainbridge, MA

Baintree, MA

 

History


J.L. Hammett Company is the oldest independently owned school-supply company in the USA.  They go back to 1863 when founder John L. Hammett opened a small school-supply shot in Rhode Island.  Two years later he moved that operation to Boston, MA.  He sold his business in 1890 to a group of investors led by Harry H. Young.  In 1891 they formed a partnership with Milton Bradley and began their own product lines, which included crayons.  They also partnered with American Crayon Co. too and used the Crayarto name for a line of crayons too.  They opened facilities in New York and New Jersey along with a plant in Cambridge, MA.

 

In 1974 they expanded by opening Hammett's Learning World retail stores and began to expand those.  They had more than 62 stores by 2003.  Their company was one of the few that successfully made the transition from a brick-and-mortar business model to an online model.  They sold off their catalog and wholesale businesses in 2001 to School Specialty Inc. and then in 2005 sold their retail stores to focus exclusively as an internet retailer of school supplies.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Art Utility

JLH0001

HT

8

8

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

No CP

Unknown

3

$2

Art Utility

JLH0002

HT

8

8

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

CP Logo Lower Right

Unknown

4

$3

Art Utility

JLH0003

HT

8

8

White,Blue,Black

Black Label

4 lines text below crayons

Unknown

3

$2

Art Utility

JLH0004

HT

8

8

White,Blue,Black

Black Label

5 lines text below crayons

Unknown

3

$2

Art Utility

JLH0013

HT

8

8

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

Almost full Gold Label

Unknown

5

$4

Art Utility

JLH0011

TFT

8

8

Red,White,Black

Black Label

No 30002, CP Logo Above

Unknown

4

$3

Art Utility

JLH0016

HT

8

8

White

4 Crayons

Line border, CP logo, 4 crayons

Unknown

4

$3

Art Utility

JLH0020

TFT

16

16

Red,White,Black

Black Label

Company text in red

Unknown

6

$4

Art Utility Easel No 98

JLH0008

LID

8

8

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

CP Logo Upper Right

Unknown

5

$5

Art Utility Kindergarten No 1916

JLH0018

LID

16

16

Blue, White

White Label

CP Logo, 2 Other Logos

Unknown

8

$5

Art Utility Large Pressed

LH00024

LID

8

8

Blue,White

Black Label

CP Logo at top

Unknown

7

$5

Art Utility Large No 98 Hexagon

JLH0019

LID

8

8

Red,White,Black

Black Label

No 30114, CP Logo Above

Unknown

6

$5

Art Utility No 298

JLH0012

LID

8

8

Blue,Orange

Border

Arched name, bubble text, border

Unknown

4

$3

Art Utility No 988

JLH0017

ST

1

12

White

Generic

Black Text, bulk box

Unknown

9

$4

Art Utility No 1912M

JLH0005

HT

12

12

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

Darker Blue

Unknown

4

$3

Art Utility No 1912M

JLH0006

HT

12

12

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

Lighter Blue

Unknown

5

$4

Art Utility No 1912M

JLH0021

HT

12

12

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

Large Gold Label

Unknown

5

$4

Art Utility No 1920M

JLH0022

HT

8

8

Blue,Gold

Gold Label

Large Gold Label

Unknown

6

$5

Art Utility Pressed No 180

JLH0007

TFT

8

8

Blue

Bubble Text

Bubble text

Unknown

5

$4

Crayarto

JLH0015

TFT

8

8

Blue,Gold

Cyclone

Girl coloring

1910s

8

$25

Hammett's Art Utility

JLH0009

TFT

8

8

Green,Orange

Arched

Ornate border

Unknown

6

$12

Hammett's Art Utility

JLH0014

HT

8

8

Green,Orange

Arched

Ornate border

Unknown

7

$15

Hammett's Art Utility Pressed No 180

JLH0023

TFT

8

8

Green,Orange

Arched

Ornate border

Unknown

9

$20

Living Color's Crayon Corral 224

JLH0010

LID

64

64

Yellow,Blue

Globe

Crayons Lower right

1990s

4

$2

 

Photos

 

Art Utility - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility (emblem) - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility - 8 colors (blue stripes).jpg

Art Utility (with zip codes) - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility  1912M - 8 colors.jpg

JLH0001

JLH0002

JLH003

JLH004

JLH005

 

 

 

Art Utility No 1912M - 12 colors.jpg

Art Utility No 180 - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility Easel No 98 - 8 colors.jpg

Hammet's Art Utility (red) - 8 colors.jpg

Living Colors Crayon Corral - 224 sticks.jpg

JLH0006

JLH0007

JLH0008

JLH0009

JLH0010

 

Art Utility (striped) - 8 colors.jpg

Hammett's Art Utility No 298 - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility (thin border) - 8 colors.jpg

Hammet's Art Utility Tin - 8 colors.jpg

Crayarto (lady) - 8 colors.jpg

JLH0011

JLH0012

JLH0013

JLH0014

JLH0015

 

 

Art Utility (White w 4 crayons) - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility Easel Drawing No 988 - 12 sticks.jpg

Art Utility No 1916 - 16 colors.jpg

JLH0016

JLH0017

JLH0018

 

 

Art Utility Large No 98 - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility No 16 - 16 colors.jpg

Art Utility No 1912M (Large Gold) - 8 colors.jpg

Art Utility No 1920M - 8 colors.jpg

Hammett's Art Utility No 180 - 8 colors.jpg

JLH0019

JLH0020

JLH0021

JLH0022

JLH0023

 

JLH0024