Peter Grinnell and Son, active 1809–1828


Looking glass manufactory


Providence, Rhode Island

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In 1809, Peter Grinnell entered into the partnership of Peter Grinnell and Son with his son William T. Grinnell. They were engaged in frame making and ornamental painting, though their business evolved over its lifetime.

Both Peter and his son were involved in many different businesses simultaneously, eventually shifting their partnership away from looking glasses to stoves and other manufactured goods. The partnership survived until 1828 when it became Peter Grinnell and Sons, incorporating new partners George Grinnell and William T. Grinnell, Jr. It survived in that form through 1865.(1)


1. Betty Ring, "Peter Grinnell and Son: Merchant-Craftsman of Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 117 no. 1 (January 1980): 212–217.