Abstract

Straddling three rivers with easy access to Long Island Sound and the Atlantic, Norwich, Conn., was an important center during the mid-nineteenth century for the shipment of goods manufactured throughout eastern Connecticut.

Despite covering a limited period of time, primarily 1844 and 1845, the account book of an unidentified iron monger from Norwich (Conn.) provides insight into the activities of a highly active purveyor of domestic metal goods. The unidentified business carried a heavy trade in the sale or repair of iron goods, as well as items manufactured from tin, copper, and zinc, including stoves of several sorts (e.g., cooking, bricking, coal), ovens, pipes, kettles and coffee pots, ice cream freezers, lamps and lamp stands, reflectors, and more. The firm did business with individual clients as well as mercantile firms, corporations such as the Mill Furnace Co., organizations such as the Methodist Society, the city of Norwich and County of New London, and with hotels, the steamboats Worcester and Thorn, and the Norwich and Worcester Rail Road.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275
413-545-2780
Norwich (Conn.) Iron Monger's Account Book
1844-1847
1 volume, 270p. (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 540 bd

Historical Note

Straddling three rivers with easy access to Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, Norwich, Conn., was an important center during the mid-nineteenth century for the shipment of goods manufactured throughout eastern Connecticut.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Despite covering a limited period of time, primarily 1844 and 1845, the account book of an unidentified iron monger from Norwich (Conn.) provides insight into the activities of a highly active purveyor of domestic metal goods. The unidentified business carried a heavy trade in the sale or repair of iron goods, as well as items manufactured from tin, copper, and zinc, including stoves of several sorts (e.g., cooking, bricking, coal), ovens, pipes, kettles and coffee pots, ice cream freezers, lamps and lamp stands, reflectors, and more. The firm did business with individual clients as well as mercantile firms, corporations such as the Mill Furnace Co., organizations such as the Methodist Society, the city of Norwich and County of New London, and with hotels, the steamboats Worcester and Thorn, and the Norwich and Worcester Rail Road.

Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from unknown source, ca.1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Dex Haven, September 2009.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Norwich (Conn.) Iron Monger's Account Book (MS 540 bd). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Hardware industry--Connecticut.
  • Iron industry and trade--Connecticut.
  • Norwich (Conn.)--Economic conditions--19th century.
  • Stoves.
Genre terms
  • Account books.