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Philip Frederick Muntz

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Of Polish origin, and at one time members of the aristocracy of that country, the Muntz family migrated to France probably during the eighteenth century.

1752 Philip Frederick Muntz was born

The family were driven from their adopted country, as a result of the great revolution of 1789, and a member of the family, Philip Frederick Muntz, settled in Amsterdam and began business as a merchant; subsequently he removed to Birmingham.

Partly on the advice of Matthew Boulton, he bought a share in the firm of Mynors/Minors and Robert Purden, merchants in Birmingham. The firm was later known as Muntz and Purden.

The long-continued wars on the Continent, and the unsettled state of Europe generally, impaired the prosperity of his business; and, having decided to strike out into a new sphere, he purchased a small brass works in Water-street, Birmingham.

1793 Married Catherine Purden[1]

1794 Birth of son George Frederick Muntz

1809 The Water Street concern passed into the hands of his eldest son, George Frederick Muntz, who, from these small beginnings, laid the foundations of the great firm now known as Messrs. Muntz’s Metal Company, Limited.

1811 Birth of their second son Philip Henry Muntz

1811 He died on 31 July 1811 [2]. He was buried in Kings Norton[3]

The Water Street business was presumably later G. F. and P. H. Muntz and then P. H. Muntz and Co

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
  2. George Frederick Muntz, by Samuel Timmins, rev. Matthew Lee, ODNB
  3. UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
  • Obituary of Gerhard A. Muntz