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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 30, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House


This old industrial stove pipe metal crimping machine is in good condition for its age. It measures approx. 22 1/2 inches high. One side is marked with a 4. Top is marked PACKHAM CRIMPER CO. SOLE MFRS. PATD MECHANICSBURG. All moving parts and gears are in good condition. Top lever moves top gear up and down. Large side handle lever turns both gears forward or backward. A nice unique piece for the collector or for use. I found some information about the inventor shown below: No Reserve for this auction.

FRANK R. PACKHAM , machinist, Mechanicsburg, was born in Hadley, Lapeer Co., Mich., in 1853. His father, Catterick, was born in Lewes, Eng., and emi grated to America when 10 years old, locating in Michigan. he married Clarinda Greene, of Michigan, and of Massachusetts ancestry. She is the grand-daughter of Abraham Newberry, one of the men who assisted in throwing the tea overboard in Bos ton Harbor. Catterick has since moved to Canada, w he superintends one of the most extensive milling establishments in that province. Our subject was reared and received his primary education in his native place, finishing his education in Rockwood Academy, at Guelph, Canada. At the age of 17, he was apprenticed to the trade of machinist in New Hamburg, Canada. , while working at his trade, he acquired the use of the German language. In July, 1875, be came to Mechanicsburg as an employee of the Mechanicsburg Machine Company, then in its infancy. Remained in the employment of the company about two years, when he invented the " Packham Patent Crimper," an ingenious contrivance for crimping stove-pipes. He at once gave his attention to the manufacture and perfecting of the machine. As in every industry, so in this, it required energy and enterprise to make it a success, which were readily and persistently furnished by Mr. Packham. He began the manufacture of it himself.. but, not having sufficient financial means to push the enterprise as it should be, he sold out to parties who organized the "Patent Crimper Company." Mr. Packham was placed in charge of the manufacturing department, which position he has since occupied. He is one of the enterprising young men of Mechanicsburg, and has done much for the industries of the place. He married, in 1975, Maxmiller Mouser, a native of this county, and a descendant of the Kentons, of historic fame. Her grandmother, Elizabeth Mouser, now residing with her, was born within the present limits of Mad River Township, this county, April 20, 1804, an-' is the daughter of Thomas Kenton, a nephew of Simon Kenton. Thomas was born in Virginia Aug. 23, 1771, but his parents moved to Kentucky when he was about 14 years of age. On the journey, his grandfather, Martin K., died. They became pioneer families of Kentucky. Thomas married Keziah Crutchfield, of Virginia, and, in 1801, became a pioneer to Champaign Co. His life is indissolubly connected with the early history of the county and Mad River Township. His death occurred Nov. 10, 1851, in his 81st year. He had a family of six sons and six daughters. A son and three daughters still survive. Elizabeth married John Mouser, of Virginia, in 1826, who died in 1831, leaving a son, Thomas K., who died in the late rebellion, leav ing two daughters and a sop. Six generations of this family have lived in this county, and three generations were born on the same farm in Mad River Township.