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Re: identifying toolmakers from marks
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- Subject: Re: identifying toolmakers from marks
- From: "Virginia G. Turnbull" <virginia@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 12:47:29 -0500
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- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Rodney, Does the Guildhall Library have an e-mail address?
> From: Rodney Fry 01276 64566 x4151; GNET *821 <rod.fry@xxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 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.
> >made me wonder if there was any information about historic binding
> >in general-...............
> The following may be interest in response to the listing of a 19C
> On a French standing press is the the cast-iron name plate some 6" x 4"
> the legend
> 'Hampson & Bettridge,
> Ruling Machine,
> Bookbinders, Press & Tool
> 47&48 Old Bailey
> London E.C.'
> I have a wooden lying press with their name impressed on the end grain of
> 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
> 1861 to 1864 inclusive, but then they moved anumber times. They
> disappeared in 1971, being I believe taken over by Worsley-Brehmer Ltd
> in Liverpool. Whether their records have been lost I have not been able
> determine as a letter of enquiry was not answered.
> I have some old brass fillets and rolls rescued from an antique dealer.
> appeared old and possibly Georgian. The names marked on the brass faces
> Paas 26, High Holborn London
> Timbury Fetter Lane London
> Gooding 16, City Road [London?]
> I again approached Guildhall Library who kindly supplied the following
> from London Directories:
> 1821-1830 John Paas & Co/Paas & Co, engravers and stationers, 26,
> 1831-33 " " , engravers & bookbinders, tool
> 44, High
> 1831-37 Philip Gooding, engraver and printer, 16, Commercial Place, City
> ca 1800-1880 Timbury, engraver and printer, bookbinders' tool cutters,
> Fetter Lane
> (entries under James, William and Frederick Timbury;
> 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
> repaired and the damaged edges resurfaced - the rolls can now be use once
> rather than sit useless. All are brass, except for two are steel and one
> bronze; but only a few have names stamped on them.
> I have a some hand tools and rolls acquired later these include the names
> (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
> arrived in N. America, but the increasing industrialisation in the later
> must have enabled an indigenous tool cutting industry to grow, I have no
> Rodney Fry
> Berkshire, England.
> < rod.fry@xxxxxxxx >