1860 RI Products of Industry Census - Providence, R.I - Brown & Sharpe Entry      scroll to see entire page>


   This 1860 entry for Brown & Sharpe in the Rhode Island Products Of Industry Census, clearly shows the flexibility that in many ways was responsible for the success that Joseph R. Brown and Lucian Sharpe were to enjoy over the years. Whatever improvement were needed in any area of mechanics, whatever item was in demand at any particular point in time, this pairing of brilliant minds were prepared to provide. At this time there is a strong demand for sewing machines, a product that Providence Tool Co. and others were also heavily involved in. Although expensive for the average working family, once purchased this new device would quickly pay for itself,  allowing families to make their own clothing and perhaps earn supplemental income as well.

    Within a year, with the onset of the civil war, Brown and Sharpe like other machinery makers in Providence, would turn their focus to making machinery capable of producing weapons for the Union army. 

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