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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 Nashua, N.H.,   pp. 451-452

Page 452

dimensions, with sliding bed, bolt-cutting machines for rapidly transform-
ing any part of a plain bolt into a nice evenly-threaded screw, upright and
swing drills, boring machines for shaping the interior of steam cylinders
or other bores of large diameter, slabbers of all kinds, gear-cutting engines
of all sizes for shaping and smoothing the teeth of gear wheels with perfect
accuracy, power punching-machines of various sizes, &c.    Since 1852
Messrs. Gage, Warner & Whitney have also been manufacturers of Steam
Engines. The first steam   engine built by them   is now employed in
driving their own machinery, and as a specimen of workmanship is
highly creditable to its builders.
Nashua has also a very important manufactory of locks and house
trimmings, known as the NASHUA LOCK COMPANY. This company is
the successor of Col. L. W. Noyes, who commenced business in 1837,
and was one of the first in the country to engage extensively in the manu-
facture of locks. When this company was organized American locks were
scarcely recognised as articles of hardware, but by improvements in
machinery, and facilities for manufacturing, the price has been gradually
reduced, until imported locks are almost excluded from the American
market. Every description of mortise and rim locks, mortise and rim
latches, and every variety of knobs and house trimmings, are now made
by this Company, and sold at their warehouse in Boston.    The works
comprise an iron and brass foundry, where castings are made for sale, as
well as for consumption in their other manufactures. This Company make
locks that range in price from 50 cents to $60 per dozen.
In 1859 Mr. Franklin 0. Munroe purchased the interests of his
associates in the Nashua Lock Company, and he is now, we believe, sole
The Underhill Edge Tool Company have also an important establish-
ment in Nashua for making tools of all kinds.
Besides these, Gage, Murray & Gilman have an extensive manufactory
of cards and fancy papers, Eaton & Ayer, of bobbins and shuttles,
George W. Johnson, of fliers and spindles, F. S. Rogers & Son, of palm-
leaf hats, Chase & Baldwin and Alonzo Taylor, .of sewing machines, Lewis
Kimball, of bedsteads, Holt & Jones, of mattresses, etc., J. & P. Mullen,
of carpets, George A. Rollins & Co., of machinery, and S. S. Davis and
Scott & Noyes, of soap and candles. Confectionery is made to a consider-
able amount by J. C. Kempton, John Webster, C. Goldthwait, and
Charles Holman; iron castings at the foundries of Charles Williams and
J. D. Otterson; flour and meal by Sargent & Cross and Eaton & Ayer;
sash, doors and blinds by George E. Wilder; bird-cages by Fletcher
& Webster; patent money-drawers by A. 0. Miles; and hop yeast by M.
& K. F. Worcester and S. P. Dean.

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