— The Jacob Bromwell® Story —
BEGAN 200 YEARS AGO
Jacob Bromwell® is the world's premier specialty manufacturer of luxury flasks, kitchenware, and housewares.
We design, manufacture, market and distribute our own line of world-renowned products, all of which exhibit beautiful design, best-in-class craftsmanship and long-lasting quality. Founded in 1819, Jacob Bromwell® proudly holds the distinction of being the oldest kitchenware, housewares, and flask manufacturer in North America, and is the oldest known manufacturer of copper, stainless steel and tin products in the United States. As a world-class American heritage company, the Jacob Bromwell® name is deeply rooted in American tradition, history, and authenticity - even our logo is our founder's actual signature, made with his own hand. Jacob Bromwell® believes in the productivity and creativity of American workers. At a time when almost all housewares companies have moved their production offshore, we are still proudly manufacturing most of our products in the United States, supporting more than 100 American jobs here at home.
— Built to Last —
All Jacob Bromwell® products are made with premium materials, including copper, stainless steel, tin, aluminum, wood and leather. None of our products contain plastic parts, and none require batteries or electricity to operate. By using high-grade materials and keeping our products non-electric, Jacob Bromwell® products remain completely authentic from the day they were created and are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
— Virtual —
Jacob Bromwell® products have helped shape America for more than 200 years, and now you can take an exclusive tour of our manufacturing facilities. Although our factories are not open to the general public, we are pleased to offer a behind-the-scenes photo tour which consists of an intimate viewing of how our products are made. You'll see first hand our factory workers and skilled coppersmiths stamping, bending, forming, plating, machining, organizing, packaging, shipping, and more.
American Heritage Collection™
The American Heritage Collection™ by Jacob Bromwell® consists of some of the oldest kitchen and bakeware items in our product line, such as the Original Popcorn Popper and Classic Tin Cup. These items have been in continuous production for more than 200 years and are still made exclusively by Jacob Bromwell®.
Signature Copper Collection™
The Signature Copper Collection™ by Jacob Bromwell® consists of a variety of handmade copper goods, such as the Great American Flask and Vermonter Flask. Built in limited quantity batches, each copper product we make tells a story and is made to be passed on to the next generation.
— Did you know? —
Interesting Facts about Jacob Bromwell®
As one of America's early manufacturing pioneers, our
company holds many distinctions as unique as our name:
Oldest kitchenware, housewares, and flask manufacturer. Jacob Bromwell® is the oldest kitchenware, housewares, and flask manufacturer in North America (founded in 1819 and incorporated in 1883 as The Bromwell Brush and Wire Goods Company). That means we are older than the light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, and even electricity!
Oldest known manufacturer of copper, stainless steel and tin products. Jacob Bromwell® is the oldest known manufacturer of copper, stainless steel and tin products in the United States, and is the 34th oldest continuously owned and operated company in the United States. In fact, we have been family owned and operated for over 20 decades.
Original location was in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The company's original location was a six-story building in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio located at 181 Walnut Street. At the time, the company occupied all six floors and boasted over 1,000 products in its catalog, many of which won awards.
Work with a variety of premium materials. We work with a variety of premium materials, including steel, stainless steel, tin, aluminum, copper, wood, iron, and leather - all sourced domestically. None of our products contain plastic parts or components. By using high-grade materials, Jacob Bromwell® products remain 100% authentic from the day they were created and are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Our logo is our founder's actual signature. In keeping with the authenticity of the brand, the Jacob Bromwell® logo is our founder's actual signature, made with his own hand.
Tens of millions of units sold. With tens millions of units sold and lifetime sales of over $1 billion since 1819, it is estimated that 1 in 4 American households still own a Jacob Bromwell® product. (Hint: Check your kitchen cabinets for one of our antique flour sifters or graters!).
Historically important products. Since 1819, Jacob Bromwell® has produced the Original Popcorn Popper and Legendary Flour Sifter, historically important icons of 19th-century domestic Americana, just like our Classic Tin Cup, which was widely used during the Civil War.
The Original Popcorn Popper was originally $3.50 for a gross. The Original Popcorn Popper, one of the oldest products in our line, was originally sold at a wholesale price of $3.50 for a gross.
We patented the world's first flour sifter. Jacob Bromwell® patented, manufactured, and marketed some of America's most popular and iconic housewares products, including the Legendary Flour Sifter, Wonder Shredders, and Original Popcorn Popper - to name a few. Still today, the designs, manufacturing processes, and materials of these products remain virtually unchanged.
We were the largest business of its kind in the United States. By the late 1800s, Jacob Bromwell® operated 7 factories throughout Ohio, Indiana, and New Jersey, and had upwards of 1,000 employees. As the largest business of its kind in the United States, the company frequently billed itself as having "the largest capacity in the country".
Historic Greensburg, Indiana factory converted into apartments. Originally built in 1903, our historic Greensburg, Indiana factory located at 530 West First Street is a two-story brick building that has been recently converted into apartments. In fact, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. How would you like to live in a building that once made Bromwell tin cups, flour sifters, popcorn poppers, and wire-based household items?
The company was split in 1923. The Bromwell Brush and Wire Goods Company was split in 1923. The fireplace division of the company was purchased by the Gerwe family, who opened a fireplace store in Cincinnati that is still open today called Bromwell's. It is now owned by the McClorey family and has been since 2005. The housewares and manufacturing portion of the company (this company) was then based out of Michigan City, Indiana and renamed Bromwell Housewares until 2010.
In 2010, the assets of Bromwell Housewares were acquired and the brand was renovated. In 2010, our brand was completely renovated, which included a name change from Bromwell Housewares to Jacob Bromwell®. Deeply inspired by our founder's personal story, we developed a rich and authentic brand experience based around the man himself, whose hard-working, inventive, and cheerful character shines through even nearly two centuries later.
Jacob Bromwell® and its products have had a significant cultural and economic impact in America. Several original pieces of machinery and equipment are part of a permanent exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. Historical Bromwell products can also be found at numerous museums across the country, including The Rossen House in Phoenix, Arizona.
Case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. Back in 1923, The Bromwell Brush & Wire Goods Co. had a case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court [The Bromwell Brush & Wire Goods Co. v. State Board of Charities & Corrections of Kentucky], in regards to a breach of contract dealing with inmate labor.
Numerous manufacturing facilities and customers worldwide. Today, Jacob Bromwell® proudly manufactures the majority of its products in the USA, operates numerous manufacturing facilities, and supports more than 100 American jobs. Our products are sold through our website and at select specialty retailers throughout North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
Creators of the luxury flask category. Jacob Bromwell® is proud to have created the luxury flask category, having brought to market the first copper flask in 2012, the Great American Flask. Since then, our line of luxury flasks has grown to more than one dozen different models.
Diverse customer base. Our diverse customer base includes young and affluent urban professionals, mothers and grandmothers, chefs and bakers, celebrities and politicians, homesteaders and cabin dwellers, the "chronically nostalgic", and even Hollywood set designers seeking period-correct pieces.