Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,457 pages of information and 245,911 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

A. P. Dresser

From Graces Guide

of Manchester

1855 Bankrupt. '...a Petition for adjudication of Bankruptcy, was, on the 14th day of May, 1855, filed against William Harris Paul, late of No. 2, Lawrence-lane, Cheapside, in the city of London, Sack and Clothing Manufacturer and Dealer in American Sewing Machines, trading under the firm of A. P. Dresser and Company, and now of No. 28, Cornhill, in the city of London, Share Dealer, and he having been declared bankrupt, is hereby required to surrender himself...'[1]

1855 Sale notice: 'Re Dresser, a Bankrupt.—To Machinists, Machine Brokers, Gentlemen Amateurs particularly, and Others.
MR. JOHN MARSHALL is instructed by the assignees of Mr. A. P. Dresser, machinist (a bankrupt), to PREPARE for SALE BY AUCTION, on the premises situate in Mary-street, near the Inn Bridge, Strangeways,. Manchester, on Monday the July, 1855, the Whole of the New and Valuable MACHINERY, TOOLS, and other EFFECTS, which have been used in the construction the celebrated LANCASHIRE SEWING MACHINES, together with the valuable patterns, and a number of machines, finished and part finished.— Among the Tools may be enumerated :—One box of standard guages, from 1/6 an inch to 1 inch, varaing 1-16th (by Whitworth) ; two 4 1/2-inch self-acting slide lathes, four feet long (by Haley); five 4½-inch hand lathes, three feet long, planed iron beds, and iron stands ditto), one six-inch self-acting slide lathe. 4½ feet bed (by Puttman, of Pittsburg) [probably Putnam]; two six-inch hand ditto, 4½ feet long, on planed Iron beds and stands (by ditto) ; capital planing machine, bed three feet long, will plane 22½ inches wide, and take in 10½ inches deep by Halev - ditto; 6 feet 6 inches long, will plane 2 feet 3 inches wide and take in 12 inches deep; bench drilling machine (by Kershaw), capital vices and long vice benches, pattern makers' benches, grindstone and trough, the whole of the metal and wood patterns, gas fittings, partitions. &c.- In stock, are sail-making machine complete; four circular needle machines, with a bag sewing machines, with all their parts not finished, 33 boot closing machines with all their parts (not finished); twelve leather stabbing machines, unfinished; and a variety of others, finished and unfinished; a quantity of needles, patent thread, heald, yarn, &c, &. —Catalogues are being prepared, and may be had a few days before the sale by applying at the offices of the Auctioneer, 19, Princess-street. Manchester. ...'[2]

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