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Edward Barnard and Sons

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of 22 to 24 Fetter Lane, London, EC

Possibly the oldest manufacturing silversmith in the world

1689 Company established by Anthony Nelme

1722 Francis Nelme inherited the business on the death of his father

1739 Thomas Whipham took over the business.

1756 On the death of Whipham, his son Thomas Whipham Junior took Charles Wright into partnership.

1775 Thomas Junior retired; the business was continued by Charles Wright.

1786 The business was amalgamated by Henry Chawner; Edward Barnard (I) became the foreman of the firm.

1796 Took John Emes into partnership.

Emes became the owner after the retirement of Chawner, maintaining Edward Barnard (I) as manager.

1808 Emes died; his widow Rebecca took Edward Barnard (I) as partner.

1829 Rebecca Emes withdrew from the firm. leaving Edward Barnard (I) as the proprietor with his son Edward Barnard (II), John Barnard and William Barnard, trading under the style Edward Barnard and Sons.

1846 After the retirement of Edward Barnard (I) the firm was continued by Edward Barnard (II) (1846-1851), John Barnard (I) (1846-1868), William Barnard (1846),

1868 Taken into partnership Edward Barnard (III) (1868), Walter Barnard (1868-1903), John Barnard (II) (1868-1903).

1896 The partners were Michael Barnard (1896-1903), Stanley Barnard (1896-1903) and Robert Dubcock (1896).

1910 The firm was converted into a limited liability company under the style Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd.

1914 Wholesale manufacturing silversmiths and goldsmiths. [1]

1977 Edward Barnard & Sons Limited became a subsidiary of Padgett and Braham Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Silver collection