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Edward Preston and Sons

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of Whittall Works, Birmingham

Measuring rules and spirit levels

See Edward Preston and his sons Charles Henry Preston and Frederick William Preston

1882 'RULES, SPIRIT LEVELS, &c. PRESTON, EDWARD, Whittall, Street, Birmingham; maker of box and ivory Rules, wood and metallic Spirit Levels, &c.; inventor of the Adjustable Spirit Level.[1]

1886 'The firm have obtained a wide reputation for the excellence and skilful workmanship shown in all the tools they turn out of their works, some of which will be found on view at the Exhibition. One specialty which the Messrs. Preston have patented and which is most ingeniously contrived, is the Adjustable Iron Block Plane. It has many advantages over other tools of its class, the most prominent of these being that the action is direct, and that to effect a saving in fixing and setting the iron for work, no hammer Is required.'[2]

1892 Acquire Thomas Bradburn and Sons[3]

1896/7 Directory: Advertiser. Rules and tools, Whittall Works, Birmingham.[4]

1905 Mentioned. 'Warehouse of Edward Preston and Sons, toolmakers, Charter-road'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Lloyd's List - Tuesday 21 February 1882
  2. Birmingham & Aston Chronicle - Saturday 18 September 1886
  3. Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 30 January 1892
  4. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Advertisers
  5. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Friday 05 May 1905