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Robbins and Lawrence

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of Windsor, Vermont, USA

c.1854 Received an order from the Royal Small Arms Factory at Enfield for 61 milling, 17 drilling and 38 other machines.

They also received an order to produce the '1853 Enfield' rifle during the Crimean War. Their contract was to supply 25,000 rifles with a promise of 300,000 more via the agents of the British Government Sir Charles Fox and John Henderson. Lawrence was cautious about the order because of the enormous cost of tooling up. In the event, the company failed to meet the penalty contract's deadline, and defaulted in September 1856 with 14,600 rifles yet to be delivered. The British Government foreclosed and Robbins and Lawrence failed. [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. David J. WILLIAMS (2005) The Birmingham Gun Trade and The American System of Manufactures, Transactions of the Newcomen Society, 75:1, 85-106, DOI: 10.1179/tns.2005.004