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Postby patsavdd » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:26 am

Two of my ancestors,father and son,b.1784 and 1816,appear on documents as "tortoiseshell combmakers";both lived and worked,as far as I know,in the Southwark/Bermondsey area of South London. Can anyone please shed light on this occupation;E.g.would they have served apprenticeships,worked at home or in a workshop,been members of a craft body,etc.? I am at present totally in the dark!
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RE: combmakers

Postby pre1837 » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:33 am

If you have a spare hour or two, see this:

[link=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=r03BQK5WdHQC&pg=PA731&lpg=PA731&dq=tortoiseshell+comb+makers+trade&source=web&ots=Zhhgw9QBHN&sig=AVsZgV9b1orSrj55SAnwmGfX3lc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPA729,M1]http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=r03BQK5WdHQC&pg=PA731&lpg=PA731&dq=tortoiseshell+comb+makers+trade&source=web&ots=Zhhgw9QBHN&sig=AVsZgV9b1orSrj55SAnwmGfX3lc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result#PPA729,M1[/link]
Interested in the surname SNELL circa 1910, Middlesex. and Claudia Vail nee Snell, living and married in Canada from about 1912/16.

Any information is Crown Copyright, from http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk"
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RE: combmakers

Postby patsavdd » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:56 pm

Many thanks,tho' I cannot claim to have studied it thoroughly! I have skipped through - amazing what interesting topics one comes across whilst researching family history. Sadly, I found no mention of the crucial points of my particular research. I enjoyed the experience nevertheless. Thank you for taking the trouble. Patsavdd.
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