HEARN & BRAITSCH
376, Potters Avenue, and 2-12 Melrose Street, Providence, R.I. and 415, Broadway, New York
Hearn & Braitsch, the well-known manufacturers of cane and umbrella heads. Providence, R. L, have commenced the erection of a new factory building at Elmwood in the suburbs. The new structure, which will be about 160x50 feet and four stories high, will probably be ready for occupancy by the middle of July. This move was rendered necessary by the phenomenal increase of their business during the past year.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - June 1890
HEARN & BRAITSCH, Manufacturers of Gold-headed Canes, Umbrella Mountings, and Novelties in Gold and Silver; Works, Nos. 2 to 12 Melrose Street; Office, No. 376 Potters Avenue ; New York Office, No. 415 Broadway.–The review of the leading manufacturing interests of Providence includes the house of Messrs. Hearn & Braitsch, who are the largest and leading manufacturers in the United States, in the lines of gold-headed canes, umbrella mountings, and novelties in gold and silver, and whose main office is located at No. 376 Potters Avenue, with works at Nos. 2 to 12 Melrose Street. This firm established their business here in 1887, and have built up a prestige and a patronage unequalled by any of their contemporaries in the country. The works comprise a three-story structure, measuring 40 x 175 feet, and supplied with machinery made especially for this purpose, operated by a Corliss steam-engine of 60 horse-power, and steady employment is given to a force of 135 skilled hands. There are twelve different departments represented here, from designing to finishing, all ably manned, and under expert supervision. The firm receive the gold and silver in bullion or bulk, and fashion it into any form desired for adorning canes, umbrellas, and various other purposes. Their latest designs and novelties embody every modern improvement and device, including the important features of strength and lightness in canes and umbrellas, while the products are made of the best materials, with special reference to durability, and are furnished to the trade throughout all parts of the United States, in quantities to suit, at short notice, and at terms and prices which cannot be afforded by rival concerns. A corps of talented salesmen represent the interests of the house upon the road, and a branch salesroom is operated at No. 415 Broadway, N. Y. The co-partners, Messrs. John Hearn and William J. Braitsch. are natives of New York, expert and practical manufacturers of fifteen years' experience, and young men of tried ability, eminent popularity, and sterling worth.
Source: Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Rhode Island - 1892
William J. Braitsch later formed the silversmithing business of W. J. Braitsch & Co. at Providence.