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John Edelsten

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of Mersey Works, Warrington, Lancs

Established about the middle of the eighteenth century or earlier.

1839 Newspaper article (with original spelling): 'Pin Making.—Mr. John Edelston and Son, of Warrington, have just fitted up a large factory in Latchford, called the Mersey Pin Works, which is to be entirely devoted to that useful and necessary article, the ladies' dress pins. It is decidedly the largest manufactory of the kind in England, and when in full work will give employment to one thousand men, women, and children. The number of pins now made there average fifteen or sixteen millions per week. The factory is fitted up with ten-horse steam-engine, of rather novel construction, made for Messrs. Edelston by Buckley and Co., of St. Helen's. Io course of manufacture pin passes through twenty different processes, and trifling as it may appear when made, about a month is occupied in the different operations it undergoes from the time it enters the mill as rough wire until made perfect for sale.' [1]

1914 Pin manufacturers. Were appointed pin makers to the royal household in the reign of William IV. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Staffordshire Advertiser, 19 October 1839
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book