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Henry Augustus Church
  • Born: 1 Aug 1831, Providence RI
  • Died: 2 Nov 1906

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  Events in his life were:

  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Providence RI, listed as a jeweler, living in his father's household.
  • He was a partner circa 1867-1890 with George M. Church in Providence RI as H. A. & G. M. CHURCH, listed in directories at 111 Broad Street.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Providence RI, listed as a manufacturing jeweler.

  • He was issued patent number 151,843 on 9 Jun 1874



    Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 151,843. dated June 9, 1874; application filed April 1, 1874.

    To all whom it may concern:

    Be it known that I, HENRY A. CHURCH, of the city and county of Providence and State of Ehode Island, have invented a new and Improved Article of Jewelry, of which .the following is a specification, referring to the accompanying drawing, making partof the same, in which—
    Figure 1 is a front view of said improved article of jewelry. Fig. 2 is a front view of the ornamental attachment separately. Fig. 3 is a side view of the same, showing the means by which it is attached to the locket, and the means for attaching a watch-chain thereto.
    Similar letters mark like parts in all the figures.
    My invention consists of a locket with a suitable attachment or device, by which additional ornaments, or a watch-chain, or both, may be conveniently attached thereto, forming a new and desirable article of jewelry, which is convertible at will from a plain locket to an ornamented locket, or to an ornamented locket and watch-chain.
    The full and complete article is shown in Fig. 1 of the drawing.
    A is the locket with the hinged cap A', and a link, I, to receive the neck-chain B, by which such locket is usually suspended from the neck of the wearer. The pendants G and the scrolls S are separable from the locket, as shown in Fig. 2, and are attachable to the lower part of the locket by a snap, P, (shown in dotted lines in Fig. 1, and edgewise in Fig. 3.) said snap being a spring which shuts into a narrow cavity formed to receive it in the lower part of the locket's rim, and expands after entering, and thereby securely locks this ornamental attachment to the locket in a manner well known. At the rear of this attachment or device there is a stout hook, H, Fig. 3, for the attachment to this part of the guard or watch-chain C, (shown also in Fig. 2,) with a swivel, N, to receive the bow of the watch in the usual way.
    By pressing on the part m of the snap, the ornamental attachment is released and removed from the locket with the watch-chain, and the simple locket may be worn; or by replacing the attachment an ornamental locket may be produced, and by attaching thereto the watch-chain a modern style of the latter article may be produced.
    It will be understood that the pendant ornaments, as well as the forms of the various parts, are to be varied, as is the usual custom in manufactures of this kind. I claim as new—
    The combination, with a locket, of the removable ornamental attachment provided with a hook, H, or other suitable device for supporting a watch-chain, substantially in the manner and for the purpose specified.

    Henry A. Church

    Isaac A. Brownell
    J. T. Peckham
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Providence RI, listed as a manufacturing jeweler.

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