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Re: identifying toolmakers from marks



Rodney,  Does the Guildhall Library have an e-mail address?
  Thanks.
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> From: Rodney Fry 01276 64566 x4151; GNET *821 <rod.fry@GECM.COM>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
> Subject: Re: identifying toolmakers from marks
> Date: Friday, March 21, 1997 4:04 AM
>
> At 00:50 20/3/97 the query was posted ...
>
> >  *Note* A friend wrote me, and I decided to forward this to the list.
It
> >made me wonder if there was any information about historic binding
toolmakers
> >in general-...............
>
> The following may be interest in response to the listing of a 19C
toolmaker.
> On a French standing press is the the cast-iron name plate some 6" x 4"
with
> the legend
> 'Hampson & Bettridge,
> Ruling Machine,
> Bookbinders, Press & Tool
> Manufacturers.
> 47&48 Old Bailey
> London E.C.'
>
> I have a wooden lying press with their name impressed on the end grain of
the
> cheeks as
> Hampson and Bettridge & Co Ltd, London.
>
> I contacted some time ago Guildhall Library as  a good source of extant
> Directories for the period.  I was advised they were at the above address
from
> 1861 to 1864 inclusive, but then they moved anumber times.   They
apparently
> disappeared in 1971, being I believe taken over by Worsley-Brehmer Ltd
located
> in Liverpool.   Whether their records have been lost I have not been able
to
> determine as a letter of enquiry was not answered.
>
> I have some old brass fillets and rolls rescued from an antique dealer.
They
> appeared old and possibly Georgian.  The names marked on the brass faces
were
> Paas  26, High Holborn London
> Timbury  Fetter Lane London
> Gooding  16, City Road  [London?]
>
> I again approached Guildhall Library who kindly supplied the following
data
> from London Directories:
> 1821-1830       John Paas & Co/Paas & Co, engravers and stationers, 26,
High
> Holborn
> 1831-33  "                      "   , engravers & bookbinders, tool
cutters,
> 44, High
> Holborn.
> 1831-37 Philip Gooding, engraver and printer, 16, Commercial Place, City
Road
> ca 1800-1880    Timbury, engraver and printer, bookbinders' tool cutters,
104
> Fetter Lane
>                 (entries under James, William and Frederick Timbury;
later
> Timbury                         and Appleby)
> 1881 - ?        Timbury and Appleby, 53, Paternoster Row, E.C.
> With the aid of friend and lathe some of the rolls have had the centre
bolt
> repaired and the damaged edges resurfaced - the rolls can now be use once
again
> rather than sit useless.  All are brass, except for two are steel and one
is
> bronze; but only a few have names stamped on them.
>
> I have a some hand tools and rolls acquired later these include the names
Paas
> (as above),
> Morris & Co, 55, Ludgate St, London
> Balle Surrey & Co, 5, St Dunstans Ct, Fleet St,London
> Frank Baker, 82  [unreadable] St
> Timbury   London(in italic)
> Knights & Cottrell  [no place]
> T Clark [no place, marked 3 times each side of the roll]
> Brook, 302(?) Strand, London
>
> Whether these makers exported their tools I do not know.  It seems likely
some
> arrived in N. America, but the increasing industrialisation in the later
1800s
> must have enabled an indigenous tool cutting industry to grow, I have no
doubt.
>
> Rodney Fry
> Berkshire, England.
> <  rod.fry@gecm.com  >


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