Huntsman and Asline
of Attercliffe, Sheffield
1744 Robert Asline was apprenticed to John Abbey in Sheffield
1754 Robert Asline was a master, to whom John Pearson was apprenticed.
Mid 1700s William Huntsman and, perhaps, his partner Robert Asline established a manufactory in buttonmaking (which was a lucrative and growing trade at the time). Huntsman had the opportunity to obtain the best rolls, punches and dies by using Huntsman steel.
1764 Huntsman and Asline was listed as a business 
1774 Listed as button makers in Jehu Lane, Sheffield .
1781 The 2 partners became increasingly involved in merchanting buttons but in the volatile economic climate of the 1780s got into trouble. In March 1781, both partners were declared bankrupt.
The firm was re-established soon after, to concentrate on steelmaking and merchanting.
1787 Listed as refiners in Attercliff.
1787 Directory: Steel Refiners 
Sources of Information
- Materialising Sheffield 
- The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent, Saturday, August 02, 1845
- Sketchley's Sheffield Directory; ... including the ... Villages in the Neighbourhood., 1774
- The Times, 29 April 1942
- A Directory of Sheffield; including the Manufacturers of the Adjacent Villages, 1787, GALES, MARTIN. Sheffield, London
- Directory of Sheffield, 1787
- Materialising Sheffield