This unique vane, which depicts a Merino ram, once topped the Norwalk Mills Co. and is thought to have been made by F.H. Nash & Brother, a local metalworking firm founded by Francis Nash (1825-1887).
The Norwalk Mills Co. was founded in 1863 and situated on the line of the N.H. & H. railroad. According to a 1901 history of Norwalk published to mark the city's 250th anniversary, "The company manufactures Overcoatings [wool suiting fabrics] exclusively. The quality of the goods is of such a high order that the product of the extensive plant is favorably known throughout the country. The area of the plant is 480 x 200 feet. Two hundred employees are given steady employment. As a result of their labor the annual out-put of the factory is 300,000 yards."
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