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F. Darton and Co

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January 1922.
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F. Darton and Co of 142 St. John Street and 52 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC

Note: Not connected with Frank Darton, merchants, of Cornhill, London, trading under the style of F. Darton & Co

See Francis Arthur Darton

1834 Company established by Alfred Oborne.

1873 Mentioned. F. Darton and Co., of St. John-street Clerkenwell.[1]

1880 Advertisement. 'BAROMETER MAKERS. DARTON, F. & CO., 45 St. John Street, also St. John’s Lane, West Smithfield, London, E.C., makers of all kinds of Barometers and Thermometers. Makers to the British, French and Japanese Governments.'[2]

1904-06 Producing small gas and oil engines at 1/3rd hp. [3]

1914 Wholesale manufacturing opticians and scientific instrument makers. Specialities: standard meteorological instruments for observatories, recording meteorological instruments, spectacles and folders, opera, field and marine glasses, prism binoculars, microscopes and telescopes, meteorological instruments, barometers and thermometers, clinical etc., electro-medical apparatus, electrical accessories, model motors and dynamos etc. [4]

c1930s F. Darton and Co Ltd., of Yale Road, Bushey, Watford, Herts - makers of anemometers, barometers, barographs, hygrometers, hygrographs, rain gauges, recording rain gauges, record charts, recording ink nibs etc., school equipment, thermometers, thermometer screens, thermographs. [5]

Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660-1900 by Edwin Banfield, records the company as working from various addresses in London from 1834 onwards, and the company existed up until the 1990s

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Sources of Information

  1. London Evening Standard - Friday 17 January 1873
  2. Lloyd's List - Thursday 08 July 1880
  3. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1996. ISBN 1 873098 37 5
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  5. Typed donated document - 'Some Sources of Meteorological Instruments and Equipment' (date unknown but possibly circa 1930s.)