Ames Manufacturing Company

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Ames Manufacturing Company
Ames Privilege, Chicopee MA.jpg
Ames Privilege
Ames Manufacturing Company is located in Massachusetts
Ames Manufacturing Company
Location Chicopee, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°8′57″N 72°36′24″W / 42.14917°N 72.60667°W / 42.14917; -72.60667Coordinates: 42°8′57″N 72°36′24″W / 42.14917°N 72.60667°W / 42.14917; -72.60667
Built 1847
Architect McClallan,Charles
Architectural style Early Republic, Greek Revival, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP June 23, 1983

Ames Manufacturing Company has its origins in blacksmith and founder, Captain John Ames, who in 1774, made some of the first manufactured shovels in what would emerge as the new, United States of America.


The company was founded in 1774 at their factory in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. It was continued by the founder's son by Nathan Peabody Ames (1803-1847) and produced its first swords for the US Government in 1832.[2] A foundry was added, to cast cannon and bells. The historic sword and armament factory, located at 5-7 Springfield Street in Chicopee, Massachusetts, was built in 1847.[3] The structure was added to the National Historic Register in 1983.[1]

Nathan P. Ames was in partnership from 1829 to 1847 with James Tyler Ames.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ See Harold Leslie Peterson, The American Sword, 1775-1945
  3. ^ Ames Sword Company history

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