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F. Darton and Co

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January 1922.

F. Darton and Co of 142 St. John Street and 52 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC

Note: Not connected with Frank Darton, merchants, of Cornhill, London, trading under the style of F. Darton & Co

See Francis Arthur Darton

1834 Company established by Alfred Oborne.

1873 Mentioned. F. Darton and Co., of St. John-street Clerkenwell.[1]

1880 Advertisement. 'BAROMETER MAKERS. DARTON, F. & CO., 45 St. John Street, also St. John’s Lane, West Smithfield, London, E.C., makers of all kinds of Barometers and Thermometers. Makers to the British, French and Japanese Governments.'[2]

1904-06 Producing small gas and oil engines at 1/3rd hp. [3]

1914 Wholesale manufacturing opticians and scientific instrument makers. Specialities: standard meteorological instruments for observatories, recording meteorological instruments, spectacles and folders, opera, field and marine glasses, prism binoculars, microscopes and telescopes, meteorological instruments, barometers and thermometers, clinical etc., electro-medical apparatus, electrical accessories, model motors and dynamos etc. [4]

c1930s F. Darton and Co Ltd., of Yale Road, Bushey, Watford, Herts - makers of anemometers, barometers, barographs, hygrometers, hygrographs, rain gauges, recording rain gauges, record charts, recording ink nibs etc., school equipment, thermometers, thermometer screens, thermographs. [5]

Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900 by Edwin Banfield, records the company as working from various addresses in London from 1834 onwards, and the company existed up until the 1990s

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. London Evening Standard - Friday 17 January 1873
  2. Lloyd's List - Thursday 08 July 1880
  3. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  5. Typed donated document - 'Some Sources of Meteorological Instruments and Equipment' (date unknown but possibly circa 1930s.)