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A longcase clock with the name A. Button, Wakefield on it is known. From its features, it is probably late 18th c.
None of our books list a clockmaker with the intial A. anywhere. In Wakefield there were John, and later John and Son, and Thomas and later Thomas and Son. An Alfred Button was born in the early 1900,s but until later census returns are released we will not know what profession he followed.
Thomas Button was recorded at Kirkgate, Wakefield from about 1814, when a painted dial longcase clock is known, until around 1822, and later as “Thomas & Son” in 1837.
In 1834 the local trade directory entry reads;- watch and clock maker - Button John and Son, Kirkgate.
Note: Due to the dynamic nature of the addition of Trade Directories to our library, these results may show additional dates to the text above.
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Prof Ed Peile
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This web site, run by Rosemary Harrison-Smith with the help of Tony Harrison-Smith FBHI, was started in 1997 and it holds information that we have found about various clock and watchmakers, and so far has 35,758 records in its database. The information comes from listings published in books and trade directories that we have in our library, giving dates that makers are known to have been working. At the moment, the database includes 31,947 individual trade directory entries from 363 trade directories and more detailed biographies for 4040 makers and retailers.
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