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British Industrial History

William Ehrhardt

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of Time Works, Barr Street, Birmingham. London Office: 17 Hatton Garden

(Associated with the British Watch Co Ltd)

  • 1855 William Ehrhardt opened a workshop at 30 Paradise Street, Birmingham.
  • 1862 He opened a second manufacturing premises at 26 Augusta Street. From this second address he exhibited watches and instruments at the 1862 International Exhibition in London.
  • 1863 The firm moved to larger premises at 72 Great Hampton Street, and later to Time Works, Barr Street.
  • By 1880 the firm was manufacturing 500 watches a week, some by hand and some by machine because William was fair minded and appreciated that some of his older staff preferred to work with the old methods.
  • By 1898, a shop had been opened in London at which time they advertised that they made 500 patterns in gold and silver ranging in price.
  • 1922 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of English Lever Watches, Watch Cases and Gramophone Motors. (Stand No. E.44)

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