1866 receipt from Walworth & Co. metal works, Boston MA

$20.00 CAD

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Nice post-Civil War receipt for items bought from James J. Walworth & Co. of Boston.

Boston, Dec 20 1866
Durfee Mills
Manufacturers of WROUGHT IRON, and BRASS PIPES for Steam, Gas and Water…
190 Ret. Bends….$74.10


This is possibly for the Fall River MA. plant of Durfee-Union Mills, completed in 1866. Durfee Mills were textile mills that were the largest producers of cotton cloth in the city.

One horizontal and two vertical folds. Corner crease UR and LR.

4 ½” x 8 ½”


Mr. Walworth (1808 - 1896) was born in Canaan, N. H., where he attended the public schools and later the academies at Thetford, Vt., and Salisbury, N. H. After leaving the academy at Salisbury he taught school for three years. In 1829, he went to Boston to begin his struggle with the world, and for ten years he was engaged in the hardware business, first as an apprentice with Alexander Twombly & Co., subsequently as a partner in the firm of Scudder, Park & Co., and later as agent of the Canton Hardware Co. In 1841, Mr. Walworth, with Joseph Nason, as the firm of Walworth & Nason, founded the business of warming and ventilating buildings by means of steam and hot water apparatus. Beginning the business in New York, a year later a similar plant was started in Boston. In 1852 the firm of Walworth & Nason was dissolved, Mr. Nason taking the business in New York and Mr. Walworth that in Boston.

As a creater and manufacturer of new devices and tools Mr. Walworth ranked among the foremost, many of them being used extensively in the trade to-day.

1896 Engineering Review, Volume 6