Connecticut as a Colony and as a State; Or, One of the Original Thirteen Volume 3

Connecticut as a Colony and as a State; Or, One of the Original Thirteen Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... Eighteen months were consumed in preliminary efforts, and employment was finally given to thirteen men. The copper was obtained by melting old stills, tea-kettles, etc., into ingots, which were rolled into sheets on a pair of two-inch rollers operated by horse power. The capital of the concern becoming exhausted by experiments, it was not until 1820 that any impetus was given to the business. Then James Croft, an Englishman with a thorough knowledge of button-making, was engaged. But it could not be considered as on a substantial basis until about 1830, when Joel Hayden perfected a machine for covering buttons. Though since its earliest days Waterbury has not been without a button factory, there has been only one, the Waterbury Button Company, that has been engaged distinctly in this line of manufacture. One of the largest button companies in the United States is located at Shelton. The firm was established in 1846 at Botsford, by John Griffin, the father of the present members of the firm, and the inventor of the first cam machine for turning horn buttons. The manufacture of paper buttons was carried on for over forty years at Wallingford. In the value of her productions in this industry in 1900, Connecticut was only exceeded by New York. One of the early pioneers in the button industry was Aaron Benedict, who started in 1812 to manufacture horn and ivory buttons. Eleven years later gilt buttons were made, but it was not until 1829 that any attempt was made to roll the brass consumed. Then Benedict & Coe, an outgrowth of the pioneer establishment, manufactured their own brass, and a few years later german-silver, which has become the greatest industry of Waterbury. The aggregate capital invested in the brass industry in 1830 was less than...
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  • English
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