New England Factory Bell

Description
Davis & Furber, a manufacturer of textile machinery for working wool, installed this bell at its factory in North Andover, Massachusetts, in the nineteenth century. Bells like this commonly tolled the hours of the day and alerted workers to their schedule at the factory.
The company began in 1832 as Sawyer, Phelps & Co. in Andover, Massachusetts, moved to North Andover in 1836 and manufactured machinery there until 1982. Various other partnerships preceded the formation of Davis & Furber, incorporated in 1883.
References:
Helena E. Wright, The Merrimack Valley Textile Museum: a guide to the manuscript collections, (New York: Garland, 1983).
Location
Currently not on view
date made
19th century
Measurements
overall: 22 1/2 in x 19 1/8 in; 57.15 cm x 48.5902 cm
ID Number
1997.0322.01
accession number
1997.0322
catalog number
1997.0322.01
subject
Timekeeping
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Measuring & Mapping
Work
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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