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Jerome Bonaparte Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. Victor Squier started making his own hand-wound violin strings, and the business grew so quickly that he and his employees improvised a dramatic production increase by converting a treadle sewing machine into a string winder capable of producing 1,000 uniformly high-quality strings per day.
If you remove the four screws this plate comes off, you will then see the actual neck plate which has four larger screws holding the neck on. The black and silver areas that you see are actually the tops of the pickup bobbins themselves.
The neck plate has a rectangular "window" in it to allow you to access the truss rod through a hole through the body into the back of the neck (that's right, the truss is accessed through the back of the neck). The black and silver areas are covered by a domed clear plastic piece.
It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan. By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name.
Squier Company manufactured strings for violins, banjos, and guitars.
This saga only surfaced a decade later in the mid 80's when Fender and Gibson felt that their empire was threatened.