A seven-year account book, titled Blacksmith, identifying the materials purchased from and services provided by nine New Hampshire blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carriage dealers. Unidentified compiler.
A seven-year account book, titled Blacksmith, identifying the materials purchased from and services provided by nine New Hampshire blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carriage dealers
A seven-year account book, titled Blacksmith, identifying the materials purchased from and services provided by nine New Hampshire blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carriage dealers
A seven-year account book, titled Blacksmith, identifying the materials purchased from and services provided by nine New Hampshire blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carriage dealers

A seven-year account book, titled Blacksmith, identifying the materials purchased from and services provided by nine New Hampshire blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carriage dealers

Nashua, New Hampshire: 1879-1886. Notebook. This notebook measures 3.75” x 6” and contains approximately 210 pages of records identifying purchases of material and services from nine different Nashua blacksmiths, wheelwrights, and carriage dealers. The notebook is titled “Blacksmith” on the front cover and front endpaper. The spine covering is missing as is its rear cover; the front cover has been neatly reattached. Good to Very Good. Item #009232

While the company or agency that maintained the ledger is not identified, a number of men who made purchases are identified by last name. A cursory check of the 1880 census shows that at least three of them (Chamberlain, Davidson, and Hale) were “teamsters.”

There is a list of nine individuals and companies inside the front cover: Q.A. Woodward, T. P. Glover, Geo T. Tryon, Tryon & Urguhort, Lovejoy & Houtchins, C. E. Batchelder, H. H. Coward & Lamarsh, Gerward, and Joseph Lamarsh. Contemporary Nashua records and advertisements identify six of these as Blacksmiths, Horseshoers, Wheelwrights, Jobbers, and Dealers in Carriages and Sleighs. Each vendor has a number of separate pages where quarterly or semi-annual purchases from them are recorded.

Some of the entries include:
- Axle oiling;
- Cart, collar, and pail repair;
- Horseshoeing;
- Replacement of side and tail boards;
- Setting wheels, tires, and spokes;
- Snow plow and scraper repair;
- Spring, hook, and chain fabrication; Tool sharpening, and more.

A unique record of work provided by what are probably all of the blacksmith and related shops operating in Nashua during the 1880s. As of 2019, there are four ledgers for individual blacksmith shops for sale in the trade, and the Rare Book Hub shows about a dozen have been sold at auction over the last 75 years. Many blacksmith account books are held by institutions.

Price: $900.00

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