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Manufacturers Index - Thomas H. Burley
Last Modified: Nov 21 2011 10:21AM by Jeff_Joslin
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It is uncertain whether this dovetailing-machine inventor manufactured his own product; it was exhibited by one S. P. Putnam of New York City. Despite the mismatch in location, this may have been Salmon P. Putnam of Fitchburg, MA, in which case the machine could have been produced by Putnam Machine Co. But the Putnam Machine Co. was never mentioned in any of the articles, and in any case no mention of S. P. Putnam appears after 1855).

Burley & Putnam won a Silver Medal for their dovetailing machine at the 1855 Crystal Palace Fair of the American Institute in New York.

Information Sources

  • 1855 article in Scientific American that describes "Burley's Dovetailing Machine."