Arms Making in the Connecticut Valley
A Regional Study of the Economic Development of the Small Arms Industry
Author: Felicia Johnson Deyrup
Publisher/Date: York, PA: George Shumway (c. 1970) One of only 500 copies. Facsimile of 1948 first edition which was published as Volume XXXIII of the Smith College Studies in History.
Format/Condition: Used cloth hardcover book in Good condition: textblock foxed: former owner's name, state and date of 1973 on free front endpaper; spine sunned, foxed. Lacks dust jacket. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 290 pages, index; appendices. Dimensions: 5 x 8 3/4 inches. Illustrated in black-and-white, map, charts, graphs.
Description: A regional study of the economic development of the small arms industry of the Connecticut Valley - a history of the major armament manufacturing area during the years of 1798-1870. The study covers the Valley from New Haven(CT) north to Springfield (MA), and includes Norwich (CT). The volume contains narratives, data lists and bibliography on New England arms manufacturers. The small-arms industry is defined as "factory production of weapons carried on the person."
Originally published in 1948 as Volume XXXIII of the Smith College Studies in History. Until this publication, the work was known mostly to only scholars and was not available to a large group of people who developed an interest in America's antique arms during the 1950's and 1960's which was unfortunate, for the study contains an abundance of information concerning the manufacture of U.S. martial arms during the flintlock and percussion eras that was not available elsewhere. The bulk of the study is based upon primary sources, chiefly the well-kept records of Springfield Armory.