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1847 Richard Beck went into partnership with Smith - Smith and Beck
1851 Smith and Richard Beck exhibited at the Great Exhibition
1852 Listed as "Smith and Beck, opticians and microscope ma. 6 Coleman Street, City" 
1854 the company was named Smith, Beck and Beck.
1857 Joseph Beck was made a partner in the firm.