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Prentiss Vise Company

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The Prentiss Vise was named after Mason Prentiss. We are researching his ancestry, but for now, you can refer to his profile on WikiTree.

» See Prentiss Vise Co. items in the Prentice Museum

» New York, NY, Headquarters locations (1880s-1940s)

PRENTISS VISE TIME LINE

1868, March 17Patent issue date; issued to Mason Prentiss [1]
1871, April 11Patent issue date; issued to William P. Harwood [2]
1872EAIA "Directory of American Toolmakers" (DAT) start date for Watertown, NY factory. [4]
1873Gen. John E. Mulford and son Edwin H. Mulford organized the Prentiss Vise Co. in Montour Falls, NY. Later moved the headquarters to NYC.[6]
1876-1912+Contracted with the Bagley & Sewall Company in Watertown, NY to produce vises
1877, Feb. 6Patent issue date; issued to J.F. Hall and E.P. Cook [3]
1877, Nov. 1American Machinist article. Mfd by Hall Manufacturing Co. Office at 23 Dey St., NY
1881, Aug. 18Earliest mention of Prentiss Vise Co. on newspapers.com (under "The Notable Displays")
1881Office at 23 Dey St., NY (dated receipt; "late Hall Mfg."; "Gen'l Geo. E. Mulford, president," and "Edwin H. Mulford, treasurer")
1883Office at 23 Dey St., NY (dated receipt; "formerly Hall Mfg.")
1893Office at 44 Barclay St., NY (postmarked envelope)
1903Office at 44 Barclay St., NY (dated reciept)
1909Office at 44 Barclay St., NY (magazine ad)
1910, Feb.Office at 44 Barclay St., NY (magazine ad)
1910, Nov.Office at 106-110 Lafayette Street, NY (magazine ad)
1912Office at 110 Lafayette Street, NY (magazine ad)
1913, April 1Office at 106-110 Lafayette Street, NY (magazine ad)
1941Office at 302 Broadway, NY (loose leaf folder; mentions factory at Watertown)
1948EAIA "Directory of American Toolmakers" (DAT) end date for Watertown, NY factory. [5]
1950sChas. Parker Co. bought out Prentiss. For a few years, the Prentiss vises continued in production, as 'Prentiss Vise Co., a division of the Chas. Parker Co.'. [5]

References

1: Patent 75,576 issued to Mason Prentiss

2: Patent 113,656 issued to William P. Harwood

3: Patent 187,131 issued to J.F. Hall and E.P. Cook

4: Practical Machinist Forum (2006-10-15)

5: Practical Machinist Forum (2006-10-14)

6: Excerpt from August 29, 1945 "Watkins Express," obituary for Edwin H. Mulford on findagrave.com.
In 1873, with his father, General Mulford, he organized the Prentiss Vise Co. in Montour Falls. Later the concern moved its headquarters to New York city.

John Ruth comment:

  • The EAIA "Directory of American Toolmakers" (DAT) gives dates of 1872-1948 for Prentiss of Watertown NY. "The New York City location was a headquarters or sales office; their factory was in Watertown"
  • Prentiss is credited with the tradenames Magic, Bull Dog, Rapid Transit, Monarch, Rex, Gipsy, Star, Yankee and Eclipse. They also used patent holder's names Shepard, Bingham, Blake, and Lewis as trade names.
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