The firm was formed in approximately 1850, as a combination of the already substantial "Scovill" partnerships in business preceding that date and continued until the 1970s.They changed backmark styles frequently, and we are able to generally date the buttons by these changes. Lamson Scovill and William Henry Scovill operated the business as a partnership from 1827 to 1840.Also attached are the known "good" varieties of this backmark for CW era buttons.
Scovill was primarily a distributor of photographic equipment and supplies, but in the 1860s acquired the American Optical Company which at that time owned the manufacturing facilities of Nelson Wright, John Stock, and C. From the 1840s through 1900, Scovill and the Anthony company followed parallel lines of growth, and each was the others major competition. Scovill incorporated in 1850, becoming The Scovill Manufacturing Company.
Here is the Waterbury Button after I ran it in the tumbler with crushed walnut shells for 2 days.. You will see "Extra" or sometimes nothing else, or sometimes * for CW period buttons. Shank is wrong - the loop is large, a general (i say general) rule of thumb is that a large loop and longer shank along with a thicker than usual gauge is late.
It has started to look really nice I found this back in the 70's or early 80's and just recently uncovered it in my stuff.. They commonly did not use shanks/loops of that style. The eagle, though correct design, is too protruding.
(If you arrived on this page directly from a link on a search engine or another website and want to take this online vintage images tour of Waterbury from the beginning or create your own customized tour, click here)The Scovill Manufacturing Company, founded as Abel Porter & Company in 1802, was originally a brassworks that manufactured brass buttons, sewing hardware, and other brass and copper items in their factory that was formerly the John Hopkins Grist Mill on the Mad River at Mill Street.
The first Scovill Manufacturing Company buildings on Mill Street in the early 1900s and the 1980s.