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Patent Metal Co

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of French Walls, Smethwick

1832 Muntz metal, an alloy of copper and zinc, was already in use for sheathing boats.

c.1837 Muntz’s Patent Metal Company formed by the partnership of Pascoe Grenfell and Sons with George Frederick Muntz[1]. The price of Muntz Metal was set to undercut the price of copper for lining the hulls of ships.

1842 The French Walls Works were bought by G. F. Muntz[2], inventor of Muntz metal, who needed more room than his works (Pascoe Grenfell and Sons at Swansea) provided[3]

1849 Directory: Listed as metal rollers

1852 Patent granted to G.F. Muntz Junior for method of forming brass tubes without joint or solder for use as flue tubes in boilers; arrangement with Mr G.F. Muntz's Patent Metal, Sheath Bolting and Tube Co, French Walls, Birmingham for manufacture[4].

1857 G.F. Muntz[5] died and the business was carried on by his eldest son, G. F. Muntz the younger[6]. The younger son, Philip Albert, was also involved in the business[7].

1862 Trials of Muntz metal for sheathing ships in the Royal Navy instead of copper had been successful and further quantities were ordered[8].

1864 The business was sold to the newly formed Muntz's Metal Co Ltd, also of French Walls[9].

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia [1]
  2. 1851 Great Exhibition: Official Catalogue: Class VIII.: George Frederick Muntz
  3. Victoria County History, History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part)
  4. The Royal Cornwall Gazette 3 December 1852
  5. 1851 Great Exhibition: Official Catalogue: Class VIII.: George Frederick Muntz
  6. Victoria County History, History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part)
  7. Biography of George Frederick Muntz, ODNB
  8. Birmingham Daily Post 5 July 1862
  9. Victoria County History, History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part)