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