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Prentice Brothers Co. / Reed-Prentice Co.

Prentice Brothers Co. and Reed-Prentice Co. timeline:

  • 1872 - A.F. Prentice & Co. (Albert F. Prentice)
  • 1877 - A.F. Prentice and V.F. Prentice (Vernon F, Prentice) joined to make Prentice Brothers Co.
  • 1877 - F.E. Reed bought Prentice Brothers Co.
  • 1912 - F.E. Reed retired and the companies merged to form Reed-Prentice Co.
  • 1915 - Reed-Prentice was sold to new interests

Various bits of information collected regarding Reed-Prentice Co. If you have additional information to share, please let us know!

The company goes back to 1872 when it was A.F. Prentice & Co. F.E. Reed bought the company in 1877, the same year A.F. Prentice joined two other brothers to form Prentice Brothers Co. F.E. Reed retired in 1912 and the two companies merged to form Reed-Prentice Co.

From Practical Machinst forum, 2004-01-20 .. post #3 - lathefan

Beginning in about 1890, business took off and the F.E. Read Co. lathe became the world standard.

"In 1877 the company employed 6 men and produced about 150 machines a year, in 1912 he owned 8 buildings, employed a thousand men and produced two thousand machines a year. Mr. Reed retired in 1912 and the Reed-Prentice Co. was formed which took over management of the Prentice Bros Co., The F. E. Reed Co., the Reed Foundry Co., and The Reed-Curtis Machine Screw Co. This corp had a capitalization of $2,000,000. Mr. Reed remained as director. He died in 1917."

In April 1912, the F.E. Reed Company and the closely interwoven Prentice Brothers Company merged, and became the Reed-Prentice Company, and in 1915 the company was sold to new interests.

From Wikipedia .. Francis Reed (inventor)

Suffolk County, England, and Providence, R.I., Branch

Capt. Thomas Prentice, of Suffolk Co., England, was pressed into the naval service in England, but made his escape on board of a vessel bound to America, and came to Providence, R.I., and m. there Elizabeth Field, of Providence. He was a captain of a merchant vessel from Providence to the West Indies, and d. in 1831 or 1832.


  1. John Prentice, m. Sally Snow. Children: John, William K., George W., Thomas W., Frank, Harriet N., Mary D.
  2. Richard Prentice
  3. Benjamin Prentice; went to Worcester, Mass., and there m. ____ _____, and yet, resides there in 1882. Children:
    1. Benjamin; in business in Worcester.
    2. Vernon; in business in Worcester.
    3. Albert F.; in business in Worcester.
  4. Daniel T. Prentice; m. Mary Bogman, of Providence, R.I., where they resided in 1882. Children: Daniel, Benjamin, Louis, May E., Josephine, Cornelia, Ann, Emma, Eugene.

From "Prentice or Prentiss Family in New England," by C.J.F. Binney, 1883, p.353

Check out the Reed-Prentice advertisement at the Prentice Museum.

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