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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 Norwich,   pp. 447-448


Page 448

MANUFACTURES OF NEW LONDON.
The miscellaneous manufactures of Norwich include Confectionery,
Carriages, Harness, Sash, Doors and Blinds, Case's Morocco Mann-
factory, Crocker's Cork Factory, Turner & Co.'s Cordage Works, and
the Wood Type Manufactory of William H. Page & Co., whose wood
letter is in great demand not only by the printers of the United States
but of Continental Europe.
NEW LONDON, the other county town of New London County, has a
few manufactories of importance, and as the people are active and en-
terprising, it is probable that the next decade will witness a considerable
addition to their number. The principal manufactories are those of the
Wilson Manufacturing Company, who make Hardware and Brass Cast-
ings; the Iron Foundries and Boiler Shops of the Albertson & Douglas
Machine Co. and New London Manufacturing Co.; the Paper Mills of
0. Woodworth and Robinson & Bingham; the Piano Manufactory of
T. M. Allyn & Co.; and the New London Horse-Nail Co. (J. C. Tate,
President). Besides these, Jewelry is made by William Butler, David
Liscomb, and Leonard S. Brown; Melodeons by Nathan D. Smith
Pumps and Blocks by Barnes & Crocker and Charles H. Whittemore;
Carriages by William F. Reables and John N. Brown ; and Harnesses
by W. B. Lewis.
In no State in the Union is the manufacture of the lighter articles in
metal so extensively carried on as in Connecticut. Almost every village,
especially in the valleys of the- Naugatuck and Housatonic, is the seat
of several manufactories, where both skilled handicraft and highly in-
genious machinery are employed for the production of articles of
utility in iron, brass, or copper. Each village, too, is generally distin-
guished for the prominence of some particular manufacture. Bristol is
noted for its manufactories of Clocks and Clock Trimmings ; Waterbury
and Ansonia for their Brass manufactures; East Hampton for its Bells;
New Britain and Meriden for Hardware ; Winsted for its Scythes;
Birmingham for its Hoop Skirts ; Danbury for Hats ; and in these,
and the more prominent manufacturing centres that we have mentioned,
are produced articles that it would require a volume to enumerate, and
which for cheapness and ingenious workmanship are the Wonder of the
World.                       I
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