SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549




                                     FORM 15



             Certification and Notice of Termination of Registration
           under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                   or Suspension of Duty to File Reports Under
              Sections 13 and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act
                                    of 1934.


                          Commission File Number 1-1553



                         THE BLACK & DECKER CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



                   701 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286
                          (Telephone No. 410-716-3900)
          (Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including
             area code, of registrant's principal executive offices)



                         Preferred Stock Purchase Rights
            (Title of each class of securities covered by this Form)


                                  Common Stock
 (Titles of all other classes of securities for which a duty to file reports 
                     under section 13(a) or 15(d) remains)






         Please  place an X in the box(es) to  designate  the  appropriate  rule
provision(s) relied upon to terminate or suspend the duty to file reports:


           Rule 12g-4(a)(1)(i)   [X]                 Rule 12h-3(b)(1)(ii) [ ]
           Rule 12g-4(a)(1)(ii)  [ ]                 Rule 12h-3(b)(2)(i)  [ ]
           Rule 12g-4(a)(2)(i)   [ ]                 Rule 12h-3(b)(2)(ii) [ ]
           Rule 12g-4(a)(2)(ii)  [ ]                 Rule 15d-6           [ ]
           Rule 12h-3(b)(1)(i)   [ ]

         Approximate number of holders of record as of the
certification or notice date:  -0-

         Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934,
The Black & Decker  Corporation  has  caused  this  certification/notice to be
signed on its behalf by the undersigned duly authorized person.


                                            THE BLACK & DECKER CORPORATION


DATE:  June 5, 1996                         BY:/S/ CHARLES E. FENTON
                                                 Charles E. Fenton
                                                 Vice President and General
                                                   Counsel