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William Watson and Bradbury

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Fenton, Creswick & Co was a partnership involving Matthew Fenton (an apprentice of Thomas Law), Richard Creswick and William Watson. They were active as silversmiths and Sheffield platers and were among the first to enter their mark at the Sheffield Assay Office in 1773.

1789 Fenton left the firm and was replaced by Edward Oakes. The firm changed its style to Fenton, Creswick, Oakes & Co.

1795 the partnership was dissolved and the business was continued under the style of Watson & Co under the partnership of Thomas Watson, James Fenton and Thomas Bradbury (I) (a former apprentice of the firm).

Later, Thomas Bradbury (II) (son of Thomas Bradbury (I)) and William Watson (nephew of Thomas Watson) were admitted to the partnership.

In 1831 William Watson retired and the business was continued by the Bradburys under the style of Thomas Bradbury and Son of Arundel Street, Sheffield


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  • [1] Silver Collection