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Defender Commerce Steel Pins


Defender Commerce Steel Pins


The success of the pin business eventually led the Oakville Pin Company to be acquired as a part of Scovill Manufacturing Company in 1923. Scovill Manufacturing was known as largest brass manufacturing companies based in Waterbury. For many years, it was the largest manufacturer of brass in the country. While Waterbury was the heart of Brass manufacturing, all pins were made in Oakville. According to some history books, a majority of the employees were women and they often brought their work to the comfort of their homes. Since there were no machines or devices to attach safety pins to the cards, the whole family helped to manually fasten each pin to the cards.


Scovill Manufacturing Co.

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Boxed Pins

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