A particular glove sold on ebay that piqued my interest about the Draper-Maynard Co. of Plymouth, NH. The glove was a "Roy Cullenbine" model that had attributes of the Goldsmith brand gloves of the era.
The area between the towns of Ashland and Plymouth, New Hampshire was mostly farmland in the 19th century, irrigated by natural brooks and tributaries that fed the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers. The land was rich with game and in some areas deeply forested. Small manufacturing concerns such as wood product saw mills. textile and sewing goods flourished. Plymouth born, Alvah McQuesten developed a way of tanning buckskin in 1835 that led to the areas dominant industry, glove making. Through trial and error, McQuesten found a process to boil off the hair, remove the grain, filling the skins with oil which produced a soft and pliable leather. Near the village of Lower Intervale, McQuesten found the ideal natural conditions of a suitable water source and abundance of hemlock bark to build a tannery. Other merchants followed his lead either in the tanning or manufacture of hand and work gloves. The area became known as Glove Hollow.
Nathaniel Draper was a local retail merchant who saw the potential in Glove Hollow and became associated with McQuesten in the manufacture of gloves. From 1850 till his death in 1871, Nathaniel Draper became a prominent manufacturer of what made the area famous, the "Plymouth Buck Glove". Jason Draper grew up in the glove making industry and at the young age of 21, took over the business after his father's death. At the time, the factory at Glove Hollow was so small that there was room only to prepare and cut the skins which were then sent out to the local farmers wives to sew together as gloves. In 1881 John Maynard joined the Draper family when he married Jason Draper's sister. John Maynard was a financially successful builder and persuaded Jason Draper to move to Ashland. Maynard would build a larger factory in exchange for a partnership. The company became known as J.F. Draper & Co.
After referring to Joe Phillips "Vintage Baseball Glove Catalog Source Book", I read that after the death of John Maynard in 1937 the Draper-Maynard Co. was sold to P.Goldsmith Co. of Cincinnati. The D&M line was carried on for a few years by Goldsmith as evidenced by the 1944 "Cullenbine" glove but it was effectively the end of an era of one of the most storied Sporting Goods Manufacturers in the first half of the 20th century. A 1930's ad for D&M boasted that 7 of the starting players for the 1935 World Series champion Detroit Tigers used D&M gloves. Earlier ads in the 1920's depicted the superstars of the era endorsing D&M gloves. A lot had been written about D&M during the glory days, but I was curious about the beginnings of Jason Draper and John Maynard's company before their rise to prominence.