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Old January 11, 2013, 09:29 AM   #12
Mike Irwin
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Husqvarna was founded as a Swedish arsenal in the 1600s to make weapons for the Swedish military.

It became a private company under a royal grant in the 1700s, but continued as a military manufacturer as a primary function until well into the 20th century.

It didn't start branching out into consumer goods until the mid to late 1860s.
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