THE STILES & PARKER PRESS
Norman C. Stiles and Charles Parker
Working Dates: 1857-1890.
The company was established in 1871. Two firms, the N.C. Stiles company started in 1857 and the Charles Parker company in 1853. The catalog (ref. #8) has the established date as 1857, the same as N.C. Stiles. I have two locations for them. One was on Mill Street and the other on Walnut Street. N.C Stiles succeeded William Stroud whos factory was located on Mill Street. Ref# 14 has them on Walnut Street. The 1890 catalog has a drawing of the factory. It shows it as being near the Connecticut river. Probably in the area where the Omo Manufacturing Company was. Some time before 1885 they moved. The catalog stated the factory burned and was rebuilt but it did not give any location.
The company was bought by the E. W. Bliss Company and moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1890. The Bliss company is still in operation.
They made presses, drop-hammers, shears, dies and special machinery. Their manufactured products were for industrial use. Also, see N.C. Stiles.
Also, see N.C. Stiles and Stiles and Pollard.
This tin is 3 ½ inches in diameter. It has a nickel finish, mostly gone. The use is unknown to me. The inscription reads: "MADE IN ONE OPERATION ON A STILES & PARKER PRESS. MAKERS OF PRESSES DROP HAMMERS & DIES. MIDDLETOWN, CONN. CENTENNIAL YEAR". Probably made in 1876.
This is a watchmakers punch press C1880. This photo is from the web site of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. http://www.nawcc.org
The plate below is probably from a piece of machinery. Approximately 3 ¼ X 2 ½ inches, made from brass.
Patents issued or assigned to this company or one of its owners. See ref. 24 for more
Middletown patents. Name Pat. No Item Issue Date
Stiles, Norman C. 56631 Adjustable press pitman 7/24/1866
Stiles, Norman C. 71080 Drop press Stiles 11/19/1867
Stiles, Norman C. 82042 Turning shafting 9/8/1868 Stiles, Norman C. 84313 Adjustable metal press 11/24/1868 Stiles, N. 30877 Drop hammer 8/27/1872 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, N. 130878 Metal punching machine 8/27/1872 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, N.. 35380 Pitmen length adjusting method
1/28/1873 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, N. 160483 Drop hammer 3/2/1875 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, N. 161572 Sheet metal raising die 3/30/1875
Stiles, N. 250996 Power press 12/13/1881 Stiles, N. 260251 Press copy dampening bath
6/27/1882 Stiles, N. 294698 Pulley center forming 3/4/1884 Assigned to Indianapolis Machine & Bolt Works Stiles Stiles, N. 297090 Punching machine 4/15/1884 Stiles, N. 299290 Sheet metal press 5/27/1884 Stiles, N. 306972 Mechanical adjustment 10/21/1884 Fladd, F. 311738 Sprue cutter 2/3/1885 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, N. 329236 Power press 10/27/1885 Stiles, N. 343505 Copying apparatus 6/8/1886 Homan W. 358269 Sheet metal table top 2/22/1887 Assigned to Stiles & Parker Press Co. Stiles, N. 364142 Power press 5/31/1887 Stiles, N. 366897 Tool grinder 7/19/1887 Stiles, N. 369970 Sheet metal press & cutter
9/13/1887 Stiles, N.. 377583 Copying letters & documents
2/7/1888 Stiles, N. 410746 Die press 9/10/1889 Stiles, N. 421327 Drop hammer 2/11/1890 Stiles, N. 428969 Fountain pen 5/27/1890 Stiles, N. 270146 Drop hammer 1/2/1883
The pictures below are located on Walnut street. They might have been part of their factory.
References: 3, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 43. Back Home
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