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History of Bryant & May
First Series
Second Series
"Craftsman" Series
New Series
 Other Swans
Swan by Bryant & May
 

 
 

History of Bryant & May

Bryant & May's Swan Vestas - "the smoker's match" has been known in the UK for many, many years.  They first started manufacturing matches in July 1861 and by the 1880's they were exploring the export market from the USA to China.  In 1884 Bryant & may became a limited company.
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They prospered through mergers with the Diamond Match Company and later the Canadian Splint and Lumber Corporation.  Bryant & May's cutting rights in Canada continue to this day while elsewhere in the world the group have extensive forestry plantations.
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In 1927 the British Match Corporation Limited was formed to become the holding company of of both Bryant & May and J. John Maters Limited.  The father company was was responsible for Swedish Match imports into Britain.
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In 1973, British Match Corporation Limited merged with Wilkinson Sword Limited to become Wilkinson Match Limited.  In 1987 Wilkinson sword Group became a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish Match, an international industrial corporation based in Stockholm, Sweden.  Since 1st January 1997, Bryant & May trade as SWEDISH MATCH COMPANY
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They first produced Swan rolling papers about 1986 (see first series) and have made a substantial impact on the British market hitherto held by Rizla.
 

The First Series

This first design came out about 1986.  Completely different from the designs which were to follow:
 
Description
Green
Red
Blue 
Liquorice
ID Code
A09_1C1 
A09_2C1
A09_1C2
A09_2C2
Size(mm) 
75 x 25
75 x 25
75 x 25
75 x 25
Bar Code? 
5022 6627
5022 6603
5022 6610 
5022 6658
Language
Eng
Eng.
Eng.
Eng.
 

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