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Bishop, J. Leander (John Leander), 1820-1868 / A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 : exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution ; and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of each decennial census
Volume 3 (1868)

Manufactures of Meriden,   pp. 424-426


Page 425

C. PARKER'S MANUFACTORTES.
At Yalesville, three miles from Meriden, Mr. Parker has an extensive
manufactory of Britannia, German Silver and Plated Wares of all kinds.
Large quantities of Britannia Spoons, and Plated Spoons and Forks,
are made here by machinery. At another manufactory, cast of Meriden,
Hammers, Iron Table, Tea and Basting Spoons, and Ladles and Flesh
Forks are made largely ; while at a fourth manufactory, about two miles
west of Meriden, Mr. Parker makes Scales, Door Handles, and a very
popular Patent Hinge and Fastening for window blinds, which are de-
signed to secure the blind in any position that may be desired.
Mr. Parker is also a principal 'proprietor in the extensive machine
works of PARKERS, SNOW & Co. This concern was founded in 1839
by Oliver Snow, an ingenious and skillful mechanic, and after having
passed through numerous changes of firm style-Snow, Ilotchkiss & Co.,
Oliver Snow & Co., the Meriden Machine Company, Snow, Brooks &
Co., Parkers', Snow, Brooks & Co.-it is now an established and im-
portant concern under the proprietorship of Parkers, Snow & Co., and
well known to machinists and manufacturers for its ability in constructing
substantial and fine Machinery, Steam Engines, Mill Gearing, Printing
Presses, and Machinists' Tools. Among the special articles made here,
are Farnam's Double Acting Lift and Force Pumps, Burnell's Patent
Rotary Pumps, the Fowler Punching and Shearing Presses, and Kero-
sene Lamp Tops and Trimmings.
Recently this firm fitted up an extensive Armory, with all the modern
machinery, for the manufacture of Springfield Rifled Muskets, which
they are now producing at the rate of a hundred a day. They are also
owners of the very valuable breech-loading magazine carbine known as'
the Triplett & Scott Carbine, and are preparing to make the weapon in
large quantities.
In all these establishments more than 1000 men and 100 women are
furnished employment, and their monthly pay-roll for labor is from thirty
to forty thousand dollars.
The second most extensive manufacturer in Meriden is Jedediah Wil-
cox, the present senior partner of the firm of J. WILCOX & CO., Who,
in 1860, manufactured Skirts, Leather Belts, and Carpet Bags, to the
amount of $570,000. His history supplies another addition to the re-
markable instances of successful enterprise.
For four years, from 1845 to 1849, Mr. Wilcox labored industriously
in the manufacture of Carpet Bags, and at the end of that period had
accumulated a capital of only $1,500. He then associated with himself
a partner, who contributed an equal sum, and in 1850 their sales
amounted to $75,000. This partnership, however, did not continue be.
vnd the year, when Mr. Wilcox purchased his partner's interest, and
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