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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)

The great hat manufactories of the United States,   pp. 496-510 ff.

Page 505

for hats, and Beaver, Nutria, Hare and Cony furs, the last being
imported from Europe without the skin. Here also is a room where
the products of these factories are sold by auction at semi-weekly Trade
The statistics of this factory for the year 1866, were as follows:-
Wool used............................ . .   960,000 lbs.
Fur used  .  .  .  .  . .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  100,000 lbs.
Wool Hats, manufactured per day . . . . . . . .  500
Fur   '             "  "  . . . . . . . .      125
Hands employed, Men and Boys  . . . . . . . .  1,083
"     "   Females    .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  204
Amount paid for labor. .....  .  .  .  .  .  .  . $505,000
Aggregate Sales......... .      . . . . . $2,250,000
Ma. JAMES H. PRENTICE, the proprietor of these factories, is a native
of St. Lawrence County, New York, where he was born June 29, 1817.
He was employed, while a lad, in the fur establishment of Packer,
Prentice & Co , in Albany, who were manufacturers or fur caps, which
were greatly in fashion some thirty years since. In 1849, he removed
to Brooklyn, and embarked in the manufacture of Hats, as one of the
firm of J. H. Prentice & Co., continuing the same on his own account
since 1857. In 1862 he originated the plan of disposing of his products
by auction at periodical sales, which was an entire novelty in the Hat
trade. These sales were at first semi-monthly, but as business ex-
tended, and their popularity became established, they were held, as
now, semi-weekly, and attended by the principal dealers throughout
the country, who watch them with interest, as the barometer of their
Moore & Sealy Brothers' Hat Factory.
In Newark, is fairly entitled to rank among the great Hat manufacto-
ries in the United States. Organized in 1851, it occupies a conspicu-
ous structure on Railroad avenue, which if in one line would be about
five hundred feet in length, with a uniform height of four stories. The
equipment and direction of thig establishment are exemplary, strongly
indorsing the practical character of the firm, each member of which
has served an apprenticeship in all the different branches of the busi-
ness. Moore & Sealy Brothers, are one of the few firms in the United
States, that manufacture both Fur and Wool Hats. The two materials
necessitate an extraordinary investment in machinery, as the processes
of manufacturing are entirely diverse, and the machinery of this firm,
if destroyed, could not be replaced at the present time for $100,000.
The firm, which has undergone no personal change since its forma-

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