As many of you are aware, Derrick and Sheila Tuck, the founders of Anglo American Tool, as well as their son, Stephen, the current owner, were born in England. They emigrated to the United States in 1969 and began Anglo American Tools in 1973.
On September 9th and in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s longevity of surpassing Queen Victoria as the longest-serving monarch in Britain, being 63 years, 7 months, and 3 days, the owners of Anglo American Tools are proud of their heritage. They are also proud to represent some British hand tool manufacturers who are based in England, including Thor hammers, Boa strap wrenches, Rollins/Fisher squares as well as Eclipse tools. In years past, Anglo American Tools was proud to represent Record Marples, Robert Sorby, Cintride, Aven, Blundell, Rabone Chesterman, Spiralux, Riveting Systems, and other industrial manufacturers from the 1970s. In addition, they have also worked closely with the British Trade Office to provide logistics support for companies manufacturing English gifts such as aprons, thimbles, bobbins, and most recently, Roger Lascelles clocks.
England is proud of its heritage and many of you are familiar with Winston Churchill and many others.
As an interesting story, Sheila was telling the story of how at the young age of 12 years old, she was Queen for the Day on Coronation Day, June 2, 1953. It was a very public occasion whereby most towns in Britain took the day off and had street parties as well as special tributes to the new monarch.
The interesting fact is that Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, otherwise known as her accession. However, as is customary, there was a period of mourning for the death of King George VI, as well as many months of preparation to assume the crown of Great Britain. Then, as has been done for over 900 years, since 1066, she was crowned in Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury on June 2, 1953.
Queen Victoria became Queen on June 20, 1837 (Coronation on June 28, 1838) until she passed away on January 22, 1901. This represented a total of 63 years, 7 months, and 2 days. During her reign, there was enormous industrial growth including the popularity and use of steel. Her reign was declared the Victorian Era.
Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on her longevity. And if you want to know more, ask Sheila about her memories of being “Queen for the Day” on Coronation Day back in 1953.