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Henry Treadwell Salisbury
  • Born: 31 Mar 1818, East Greenwich RI
  • Died: 13 Dec 1893, Providence RI

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  Events in his life were:

  • He worked in 1840-1850 as a jeweler in Providence RI
    Listed in the 1844 city directory with a shop on Bradford Street.
  • He was a partner in 1864-1870 with David C. Percival and D. Morris in Boston MA as D. C. PERCIVAL & Co. 4
  • He worked circa 1870-1880 as a jeweler in Providence RI
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Providence RI, listed as working in a jewelry shop.
  • Obituary printed in the The Jewelers' Ciruclar and Horological Review on 20 Dec 1893

    Providence, R.I., Dec. 14. -- Henry T. Salisbury, the oldest jobbing jeweler in this State and probably in New England, having been in the business about 40 years, died suddenly at his home, 58 Battery St., this city, yesterday afternoon, in the 76th year of his age.
    Mr. Salisbury was born in East Greenwich, R.I., March 31, 1818, and spent his earliest days in that village. When 10 years of age, with his parents he removed to this city. He entered the manufacturing jewelry establishment of John E. Maintaine, in this city, as an apprentice, when about 17 years of age. Attaining his majority, he engaged himself to Joseph B. Mathewson & Co., with whom he remained a short time and then accepted a situation with Sackett, Davis & Co. About 1864 he, with D.C. Percival, who had for several years been a salesman for Sackett, Davis & Co., withdrew from their employ and with Daniel Morris, forming a co-partnership as D.C. Percival & Co. began the jobbing business on Washington St., Boston, near the Old South Church. Here for 18 years they prospered until the disastrous fire of October, 1872, swept cross that section of Boston. Their property was
    entirely consumed, but being protected by insurance they recovered sufficiently to resume business. In a short time, however, Mr. Salisbury sold out his interest to Mr. Percival, and returned to this city, where early in the Spring of 1873, he began business for himself in Butler's Exchange as Henry T. Salisbury & Co.
    Commencing business at a time when the country was just recovering from a financial panic Mr. Salisbury built up an immense trade and enjoyed unusual prosperity for about eight years, when he sold out, being succeeded by Floyd, Pratt & Rounds, who in a few months removed the business headquarters to Boston, where it has since continued, the firm name now being Floyd, Pratt & Co.

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