South River Cutlery Company, 1851-1855


The South River Cutlery Company in Conway, manufacturer of quality table cutlery and knives, was incorporated in 1851 with capital of $40,000.   Its large Burkeville factory, located on the right bank of the South River, toward the center of town, employed over 130 men at its peak and turned out finished work valued annually at $100,000.  But the company struggled to compete with other cutlery manufacturers in the area, including Lampson & Goodnow in Shelburne Falls.  With debts mounting, South River Cutlery closed its factory in early 1855.


Peter Engelman