Comb Making in Sutton MA
This historical perspective comes from “The History of the Town of Sutton Massachusetts From 1704 to 1876”
Comb Making was introduced in town about 1780, by Simeon Carpenter, who came from Attleboro, and continued by him until 1815. Levi and Jonathan Fuller, who came from Attleboro about the same time with Mr. Carpenter, were also comb-makers by trade, and carried on the business for many years.
These combs were made from horn, bone, ivory, tin and lead.
Deacon Leland remarks, “Mr. Carpenter says that there was a belief that red hair combed daily with a lead comb would become black; and many people, male and female, have directed him to make them for the purpose of getting rid of a carrotty top.”
Combs were also manufactured by one of the Chases, on the place now occupied by Andrew Boyce, in the Slocomb district.