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Manufacturers Index - Oliver Snow & Co.
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Last Modified: Oct 31 2014 7:50PM by joelr4
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This maker of engine lathes, wood lathes, and wood planers was in business 1849 to 1850, and likely for longer.

Mr. Parker is also a principal proprietor in the extensive machine works of Parkers, Snow & Co. This concern was founded in 1839 by Oliver Snow, an ingenious and skillful mechanic, and after having passed through numerous changes of firm style—Snow, Hotchkiss & Co., Oliver Snow & Co., the Meriden Machine Company, Snow, Brooks & Co.Parkers, Snow, Brooks & Co.—it is now an established and important concern under the proprietorship of Parkers, Snow & Co., and well known to machinists and manufacturers for its ability in constructing substantial and fine Machinery, Steam Engines, Mill Gearing, Printing Presses, and Machinists' Tools. Among the special articles made here, are Farnam's Double Acting Lift and Force Pumps, Burnell's Patent Rotary Pumps, the Fowler Punching and Shearing Presses, and Kerosene Lamp Tops and Trimmings. Recently this firm fitted up an extensive Armory, with all the modern machinery, for the manufacture of Springfield Rifled Muskets, which they are now producing at the rate of a hundred a day. They are also owners of the very valuable breech-loading magazine carbine known as the Triplett & Scott Carbine, and are preparing to make the weapon in large quantities. la all these establishments more than 1000 men and 100 women are furnished employment, and their monthly pay-roll for labor is from thirty to forty thousand dollars.

Information Sources

  • A history of American manufactures, from 1608 to 1860 Edward Young & Co. 1864 page 755
  • Oliver Snow of Meriden, CT, was granted an 1834 patent for a machine for making augers—an "auger twisting machine".
  • From Annual Report of the American Institute of the City of New York, 1849: "for the second best wood planing machine. Silver Medal." (the best being the Woodworth planer from Frink & Prentis).
  • Eighth Annual Report of the American Institute, March 1850, including the results of the 1849 Fair: O. Snow & Co., Meriden, Conn., for a hand planing lathe, (small size.) Diploma.
  • Transactions of the American Institute for the year 1850, including awards for that year's Fair of the American Institute: O. Snow & Co., Meriden, Conn., for an excellenct engine lathe, (third size.) Diploma.