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Moser and Sons

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of No. 165, High-Street, Southwark, ironmongers and iron merchants.

of Dowgate Iron Wharf, London (1861),

of 178 High Street, Southwark, London, S.E. (1885)


1771 Whereas the Copartnership between John Watkins and William Holmer, of High-Street in the Borough of Southwark, Ironmongers, was dissolved by mutual Consent on the 7th Instant: All Persons indebted to the said Copartnership are desired to pay their Debts to the said William Holmer,.... The said business will be continued by William Holmer, who hopes for the future Favers of his former Customers.[1]

1813 Partnership change. '...partnership between William Holmer the elder, William Holmer, the younger, James Holmer, and James Wooden Martyr, of No. 165, High-Street, Southwark, Ironmongers, is this day Dissolved by mutual consent, as to the said James Wooden Martyr...'[2]

1814 Richard Moser became a partner by investing £3,000, loaned to him by a relative Richard Crawshay. The company acted as agents for the Cyfarthfa Ironworks.[3]

1826 Partnership change. '...the Partnership business heretofore carried on by us the undersigned, William Holmer, James Wooden Martyr, Richard Moser, and Charles Marson, of High-Street, Southwark, Ironmongers, was on the 31st day of December last dissolved by mutual consent, so far only as regards the said Charles Marson, who retires in consequence of ill health; and the said business will in future be carried on by the said William Holmer, James Wooden Martyr, and Richard Moser...'[4]

1828 Partnership change. '... the Copartnership lately subsisting between William Holmer the elder, James Wooden Martyr, and Richard Moser, of No. 165, High-Street, in the Borough of Southwark, Ironmongers, was on and from the 1st day of October last dissolved by mutual consent, as to the said William Holmer, who has retired from the business ...'[5]

1842 Moser and Son were Steel merchants in London[6]

1860 Partnership change. '...the Partnership lately subsisting between us the undersigned, Richard Moser, Frederick Moser, John Moser, Henry Moser, and Robert James Moser, at No. 165, High-street, Southwark, and Dowgate-wharf, Upper Thames-street, in the city of London, Iron Merchants and Ironmongers, under the firm of Moser and Sons, as to the said Richard Moser, who retires from the business, dissolved by mutual consent....'[7]

By 1861 had been for a long time supplier to the "whole of H.M. Dockyards" of plates, angle iron, etc[8]

1868 Patent to Robert James Moser, of the firm of Moser and Sons, of No. 165, High-street, Southwark, for an invention of "improvements in bellows applicable especially to portable and other forges." — Communicated to him from abroad by Messrs. John and Walter Bowden, residing at Brooklyn, New York, United States of America. Dated 28th January, 1868.[9]

1880 Exhibited small drilling machines[10]

1897 Partnership change. 'H. Moser, R. J. Moser, A. S. Moser, and E. W. Moser, iron merchants, Borough High-street, so far as regards E. W. Moser'[11]

1898 Partnership change. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned Henry Moser, Robert James Moser and Alexander Shedden Moser carrying on business as Iron Merchants and Wholesale Ironmongers, at 178, 180, 182 and 192 Borough High-street and No. 4 Marshalsea-road London under the style or firm of Moser and Sons has been dissolved by mutual consent as regards the said Henry Moser...'[12]

1908 Robert Mosers died

1910 Alexander Shedden Moser died.

1910 'Messrs. Mosers, Limited, iron, steel, and hardware merchants, Borough High Street.'[13]

At some point became a subsidiary of GKN

c.1951 Merged with Nettlefold and Sons, from which time the firms have been known as Nettlefold and Moser.


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