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Jewelry District

Timeline: The Jewelry District, A Manufacturing Hub


Kendall Manufacturing Co
(1827-1929) Kendall Manufacturing Company

Produced soap (Soapine French Laundry Soap)

Barstow Stove Company
(1836-1930) Barstow Stove Company

The largest stove manufacturer in New England

(1872–1932) Champlin and Son

Produced gold rings, gold-filled chains and wire supplies

(1880–1977) Davol Rubber Company

Produced medical devices and hot water bottles composed of rubber

(1883–1941) Vesta Knitting Mills

Producer of ribbed, knit underwear for women and children

Doran Building
(19071966) James Doran and Sons

A company specializing in jewelry findings (also umbrella fittings, collar buttons and tools for making collar pins)

(19111979) Coro (Cohn & Rosenberger) Jewelry

CORO (COHN & ROSENBERGER) JEWELRY: Once the largest costume jewelry manufacturer in the U.S.

Speidel Co
(19121965) Speidel Company

Produced chains, and later, extendable bracelet watchbands (“Twist-O-Flex”)

Little Nemo Building
(1913-1978) Little Nemo (Brier Manufacturing Co.)

Second largest jewelry company in the U.S., named after a popular comic strip character

Imperial Knife
(1916-1988) Imperial Knife

Largest knife manufacturer in the U.S