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HISTORY

    This company history will be about a man, Thomas K. Bacon (1813 - 1873), and not a company really. Bacon was a machinist by trade, and two of the three companies that he founded were in operation at the same time. This leads to quite a bit of confusion among gun collectors in distinguihing the proper order in which these arms were produced. Bacon manufactured parts at first for another well known gun maker, Ethan Allen, before going out on his own with his first company between 1847 and 1850. The production was small and total employees never exceded about fifteen, and closed its doors sometime just before 1856. In 1859 the second company was born, Bacon Manufacturing Company. Just prior to forming this company he had been employed by Manhattan Firearms Company, and they promtly sued him for doing so, but the suit was dropped. Everything went well until 1863, at which time the landlord and largest shareholder,Charles Converse, forced Bacon out of the company. They continued to produce firearms until about 1868. This company was destined to become the Hopkins & Allen Manufacturing Copmpany. After his forced departure from his second company in 1863, Thomas Bacon formed a third company, Bacon Arms Company, in late 1863 or early 1864. Although he resigned and sold his interest in it in 1865 it continued to manufature firearms until about 1888. At which time its assets were purchased by Crescent Arms Company.

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