The history of hose clamps

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history of hose clamps

The history of hose clamps

In 1768, the fountain in the city centre of Riquewihr, a small French village, was badly damaged. The town assumed they would need to rebuild their city centre foundation. But the blacksmith Johann Irion forged a bracket to support and stabilise the foundation.

That bracket is still supporting the foundation today.

While this story is a great PR moment for hose clamps, this isn’t the first appearance they make in history. In fact, the humble hose clamp can be dated back to 500 BC.


500 BC

Hose clamps make their first appearance in Ancient Greece, when historian, Herodotus, documented them. While they would look nothing like our modern versions, they were stitched together with different kinds of animal skin which encased a tube that moved water from the river to places throughout the city. These animal skin hose clamps kept the water from seeping out of the tube, just like our modern versions.

This is also the first documentation of a pipeline system, meaning hose clamps have supported pipes as long as they have existed.


200 BC

The Byzantium Empire had similar hose clamps to the Greeks. They also used animal skin cases as a hose clamp to secure tubes that moved oil from the Caspian Sea to the public bathhouses to heat the baths.


1500 AD

Leonardo da Vinci revolutionised hose clamps by questioning how people could breathe underwater. He created a leather tube that used a ring to strengthen it, allowing divers to continue breathing while underwater. Those rings would be much more similar to modern hose clamps than what the Greeks created. Eventually, these tubes would receive an upgrade from leather to canvas and then eventually hemp.


1768

JCS originated in London in 1768. The London Directory lists Jukes Coulson as an Iron Merchant. Eventually, the name would change to Jukes Coulson, Stokes in 1870 when Thomas Newton Stokes would join the company.


1843

During the Industrial Revolution, the first modern hose was born. Tree gum sap was used as the sealant around the house.


1918

75 years after the invention of the modern hose, Franz Suaerbier manufactured modern hose clamps in Berlin which were made for specifically for garden hoses.


1921

The boom of the automobile industry resulted in upgrading hose clamps. Thus, the worm hose clamp was born in England.


1946

JCS received their first contract to manufacture hose clamps.


1964

JCS began producing our range of Hi-Torque heavy duty hose clamps.


1982

JCS launches their world-renowned JCS Hi-Grip hose clips.


1993

JCS began supplying P-Clips, and we extended the factory. We eventually would release our tamtorque clamps in 1999.

Over the past several thousand years, hose clamps have played a vital role in society worldwide. As society developed, hose clamps developed right alongside, and JCS proudly developed as well.


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