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Thread Your Needle – Today in History: March 2
The Excelsior Needle Company

The Excelsior Needle Company


On March 2, 1866, the Excelsior Needle Company of Wolcottville was organized. The company produced machine-made sewing needles by a new method called swaging, a process of cold-forming metal by compression with dies.  Orrin Hopsan, Heman Brooks & E. J. Manville had patented a “machine for reducing or pointing wires” on February 6, which allowed Excelsior Needle to produce needles of a uniform size and shape for the first time, a Connecticut original.

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Documents

Hopson, O. L., and H. P. Brooks. Patent Number 62,336 - Improvement in Machinery For Pointing and Reducing Wire. 62,336. Waterbury, CT; Wolcottville, CT, issued February 26, 1867. Link.

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