S. Barton and Sons
Successors to A. Barton and Son??
STEAM ENGINE, MACHINE AND TOOL DEPOT.
S. BARTON and SONS beg to tender their thanks for the patronage hitherto received by them as Makers of STEAM ENGINES and ENGINEERS’ TOOLS; MACHINISTS, MILLWRIGHTS, &c., Amen-alley Works, and hope that by a continuance of the endeavour on their part to execute with credit to themselves all orders with which they may be honoured, to retain the confidence of their friends.
S. B. and Sons also beg to inform their Friends and the Public, that they have purchased the Plant-Stock, &c., of the Brunswick Foundry, with the intention of extending their operations to Iron and Brass Foundering. In this branch of it will be their aim to produce an article of first-class material and workmanship, and hope that by so doing to secure the commands of a numerous circle of Friends. Siddals Road, Derby, Oct. 12, 1858.'
1859 Legal case: Fox of Derby against S. Barton and Sons concerning the supply of two drilling machines by Barton which were rejected as defective by Fox Bros. Samuel Barton Senior was called as a witness. He had been employed by the Fox for 42 years, until December 1858, and he agreed that 'they [the drilling machines] were not what he expected, and he could only account for it by his son being unwell.' . The report is somewhat confusing, but it appears that Samuel Barton Sr. was not connected with S. Barton & Sons beyond the fact that he was the father of Samuel Barton Jr. (one of the defendants). Edwin Barton was another defendant, presumably one of Samuel Junior's sons.
1862 Letter from S. Barton & Sons to 'The Engineer' concerning claims for the introduction of the planing machine.
1862 Large morticing and drilling machine described and illustrated in The Practical Mechanic's Journal, May 1862.
Probably the same firm as Barton & Son of Derby, makers of machine tools. One of which, a small shaping machine, was featured here and in the Scientific American in 1858. A bench shaping machine was described and illustrated in a letter from the makers, A. Barton and Son of Amen Alley Works, Derby.. Presumably the same business.
Sources of Information
- Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal - Friday 29 October 1858
- Derby Mercury - Wednesday 20 July 1859
-  Scientific American, 20 March 1858
- The Practical Mechanic's Journal, October 1856, p.216