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William Billinge

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of Bull Street, Birmingham

1840 Advert: 'TO ENGINEERS. MACHINISTS, AND OTHERS. Extensive Sale of Machinery, Lathes, Working Tools, Planing Machine by Drane, and other Effects, at No 48, Bull-street, Birmingham.
TO be SOLD by AUCTION, by Mr. GIMBLETT, on Monday the 17th day of August inst. and following days, till all is sold, the premises above, all the excellent LATHES, MACHINERY, TOOLS, &c. belonging to Mr. Billinge, who is declining the manufacturing trade — consisting of about thirty useful bar and bed lathes of various dimensions, with quadrant, slide, and other rests, new, an excellent planing-machine, with cutters and tools, by Drane, two powerful draw-benches for drawing of steel wire, the drilling-machines and turning-lathes in present use, anvils, vices and benches, smiths' bellows and hearths, a large quantity of top and bottom tools, with about two tons weight of tongs belonging to the different hearths, an extensive assortment of original taps, of various threads, about one ton of new files and one ton old files, about a ton of sheet steel, three cwt. of good Turkey stones, about two hundred pieces of gut lathe bands, various sizes, together with a large assortment of lathe, press, and other patterns, made by the first workmen, about fifty dozen of pointed trowels, fifty dozen of garden hoes of different sizes, and other effects; particulars of which will appear in the catalogues.
Sale to commence each day at ten o'clock, under the usual conditions.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Aris's Birmingham Gazette - Monday 10 August 1840