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Roberts and Dobinson

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Roberts, Dobinson and Co, engineers of Globe Works, Faulkner St, Manchester

formerly Roberts, Fothergill and Dobinson

1852 Partnership of Roberts and Dobinson was dissolved [1].

1852 Advertisement: 'To Engineers, Machinists, Railway Companies, and Others. Important Sale of the valuable Tools, Machinery, and Effects of Messrs. Roberts, Dobinson, and Co., Globe Works, Faulkner-street, Manchester. TM. FISHER and SON have the pleasure to announce that they have received instructions from the proprietors to OFFER FOR PUBLIC COMPETITION on Wednesday, the 25th day of February, 1852, and following days, (sale to commence each day punctually at eleven o'clock in the forenoon,) the entire of their very superior TOOLS and STOCK IN TRADE, on the premises situate as above, formerly the works and property of Sharp Roberts and Co.; many of the principal tools are the invention of Mr Richard Roberts, and made by Messrs. Sharp, Roberts & Co. for their own use T. M. Fisher and Son venture to assert that this extensive collection (all in the best possible condition) is not excelled by any establishment in the kingdom. The sale will comprise planing machines, one with a bed 40' feet long; lathes complete, slide rests, screw cutting engines wheel cutting engines, key groove engines, polygon engines, drilling machines —radial and vertical; boring and broaching machines, punching and shearing machines, bar cutting engine screw-bolt machines, drilling braces, screw jacks, pulley blocks, rack jacks, friction windlass, copying presses folio size, extra ditto; turret clocks, adapted for churches, railway stations, and other public buildings ; weighing machines, alloy balance, scales and weights, specimen throstle (Brundred's patent), driven by friction wheels; specimen mules, self-actors (one R. Roberts's last patent), for cotton spinning ; do. for woollen, do. for worsted ; power-looms for silk, do. for calicoes ; cast-iron billiard table bed size 12 feet by 6 feet ; fan blowing machines, usual assortment of mechanics' tools, viz. vices, drills, broaches, chisels, hammers, squares, compasses, smiths' tools, bellows, anvils, swages, hearths, cupolas, moulding boxes, ladies and foundry implements, gas fittings, shafting, hangers, drums, timber, copper, tin, iron, steel, files, bolts, screws, nails, and other stores; joiners' benches, wood tressels, barrows, handcarts, and iron lurry; two locomotive boilers, with fire boxes not quite complete; cranes, triangle, large hoist for lifting waggons and carts for loading, large grindstone troughs, with shafts and washers, stones and change pulleys, two new stones for ditto, about seven feet diameter; also small grindstone, troughs, with shafts; large stock of wood and iron patterns; amongst them Roberts's patent multifarious punching machine; cotton gin, cigar-making machine, woolcombing machine, woollen loom; office furniture, fixtures, including several iron safes, mechanics' dining tables, forms, and other miscellaneous property. The whole may be viewed on and after Monday, the 16th February, on the premises. Catalogues may be had there, or from the Auctioneers, 12, Kennedy-street, Manchester, who will forward same on application by post enclosing six postage stamps. [2]


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 3 July 1852
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 24th January 1852