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An Old Tortoise Shell Windmill Factory
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posted 04-26-2019 11:12 AM
THE JEWELERS' CIRCULAR-WEEKLY
February 5, 1919
An Old Tortoise Shell Factory
One of the oldest side lines in the jewelers' business is tortoise shell ornaments. The pioneer in the United States is the Providence Shell Works, which was established in 1824 in a windmill, which stood at the head of Constitution Hill, Providence, R. I.
This business has been taken over by Harry E. Davis of Philadelphia, whose business in that city was established in 1833. So that he has a continued business of the 10 oldest concerns in the line.
The accompanying cuts show the old windmill where were made the tortoise shell ornaments of the '60s, which are rapidly coming into style again.
The repairing of tortoise shell goods is an art that is only acquired after long and careful application to the business. The welding of new teeth in hair combs and adding new pieces to articles that are broken is not an easy process. Still it can be accomplished by those trained in the handicraft.
The carving of special designs and making special goods to suit special occasions and needs, is particularly applied in tortoise shell goods.
[This message has been edited by Scott Martin (edited 04-26-2019).]
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