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Charles Green

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Charles Green (1798-1866) of the Patent Tube Works and Charles Green and Son (2)

1841 Gold plater, living in Birmingham with his family[1]

1848 of Tube Works, Leek Street, Birmingham.

1851 Brass tube manufacturer employing 100 men and 6 boys, living in Deritend and Bordesley, with Sarah Green 52, Harriet C Green 36, Alfred Green 24, brass tube manufacturer, Clara Green 22, Sarah Green 21, Jane Green 19, Edwin Green 15, Ellen Green 13, Mary A Green 10, Elizabeth Green 6 Frederick Green 7[2]

1861 Patent brass tube manufacturer, living in Aston, with Sarah Green 62, Harriott C Green 36, Sarah Green 31, Edwin Green 25, Ellen Green 23, Mary A Green 20, Elizabeth Green 18[3]

1867 Obituary [4]

Charles Green was born at Birmingham in 1798, and having served his apprenticeship to the jewellery and gold and silver plating business he afterwards carried on that business for some years, during which time he invented the solid-drawn gold "key-pipe" for watch keys, by drawing a weldless or solid tube out of a flat circular disc of gold: these key-pipes having previously been made by drawing a tube out of a narrow flat strip of metal, which then required soldering along the whole length of the joint, the soldering process occupying a much longer time than the drawing of the tube.

After trying experiments with other metals, he succeeded in effecting the drawing of solid brass tubes for locomotive and marine boilers; and in 1841 he started works in Birmingham for the manufacture of the solid-drawn brass boiler tubes, which ultimately came into general use in place of the previous brazed tubes.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1848, and died at Birmingham on 25th March 1866 in the sixty-eighth year of his age.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 census
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1867 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries Minutes of the Proceedings
  • Biography of Charles Green (1798-1866)