Benjamin Slade Buffinton was born in Swansea, MA in 1833 to a Quaker Family. By trade he was a wheel maker, and later a carriage business in Warren, RI.
In 1873 A.J. Davis established a paper box manufactory on Water Street in Warren. In 1876, Buffinton acquired the business and changed the name to B.S. Buffinton.
By 1880 the firm was moved to Joyce Street and employed 25 people as an stablished supplier to the Jewelry Trade. Sometime after 1891 he moved the business to 363 Eddy Street in Providence, in the heart of the jewelry district.
His son, Frank Herbert Buffinton, a Jeweler by trade soon joined the firm, and the name was changed to F.H. Buffinton Company.