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Smith and Beck

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1843 Richard Beck started work as an apprentice with the famous instrument maker, James Smith (d. 1870)

1847 Richard Beck went into partnership with Smith - Smith and Beck

1851 Smith and Richard Beck exhibited at the Great Exhibition

1851 Joseph Beck joined his brother and James Smith at Smith and Beck

1852 Listed as "Smith and Beck, opticians and microscope ma. 6 Coleman Street, City" [1]

1854 the company was named Smith, Beck and Beck.

1857 Joseph Beck was made a partner in the firm.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1852 Post Office London Directory (Small Edition)