Chatterton File Works - Providence, RI




Chatterton File Works
George Chatterton, Proprietor
Nos. 27 and 33 Randall Street.






The Chatterton File Works, which has a reputation that extends the world over, is the oldest in the United States in this line, and its proprietor, Mr. George Chatterton was the pioneer file manufacturer of New England.  Mr. Chatterton is a native of Sheffield, England, and in that centre of the cutlery and tool manufacture of the world he gained a thorough knowledge of the trade.

He came to Providence in 1839 and began the manufacture of files in a shop on North Main Street. His enterprise was a success from the start, and in a few years he removed to more commodious quarters in his present location at Nos. 27 to 33 Randall Street, where he has now been for fifty years.

His factory is a one-story building 60x80 feet in dimensions, which is specially arranged to meet the requirements of the business.  He employs twenty-five hands, and the output of his factory averages two gross of files per day (A gross refers to a group of 144 items - a dozen dozen). His "Adamantine" hand-cut files are recognized as the best made files in the market, and their appreciation is manifested by a large and firmly established trade.

Wherever these files have been exhibited they have taken the highest honors.

In 1858 Mr. Chatterton had an exhibit at the great Crystal Palace fair at New York, and he lost both medal and exhibit in the fire.  He has also been awarded a medal of the Rhode Island Industrial Exhibition.  Mr. Chatterton is well known and respected in Providence.

from the "Industries and wealth of the principal points in Rhode Island", 1892,
(A. F. Parsons Publishing Co., New York).

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