12844 | Matches

1875-1900, 19th century
Gift of C.A. Titus
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

The woodworking shop experienced rapid growth from 1850 onward in response to the demands of the provincial construction industry and the consumer market. With the introduction of steam power and specialized equipment, the scale of some operations in the urban centres expanded to the point where they were truly factories. The production of window sashes, doors and architectural mouldings required both a larger physical plant and assembly line procedures. Consumer demand also resulted in the establishment of very specific operations like match factories. Whatever their nature, woodworking industries represented the final step in the timber chain from forest to front door.

The Flewelling Saw Mill & Match Factory produced matches that were a household name through the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Source : All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    Some milling operations, like the Flewelling Mill, produced lumber and secondary products like matches and wooden boxes.

  • Where

    The Flewelling Saw Mill and Match Factory were located in Hampton, New Brunswick.

  • When

    After 1900, the firm was taken over by the Eddy Match Co. of Hull, Quebec, but retained its trade name.

  • Who

    The Flewelling Company produced these matches in Hampton, New Brunswick.