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Combmakers information

Postby batty » Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:20 am

Hi does anyone have access to a copy of Ron Bowers book "Combs, Combmakers & Combmakers Company?
I am researching an Elijah Jones born c1806 in Liverpool who in later years on his children's baptisms is shown as being a Combmaker. It would be helpful to obtain any details of his apprenticeship etc. Thanks in advance and here's hoping
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Re: Combmakers information

Postby MoVidger » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:54 pm

Family Search has the following occupational comb maker information:

Combs were made from bullocks’ horn, elephant and walrus ivory, tortoiseshell, and box or holly wood and Hurley (The Book of Trades or Library of the Useful Arts. Vol I. Wiltshire Family History Society, 1991) and Watts (Old Occupations: The Combmaker. Family Tree Magazine Vol 10 #12, page 54-55, 1994) describes their manufacture by hand. They were used not only for cleaning the hair but also for ornament, so that some were studded with precious stones. A machine for cutting combs was invented in 1803. Only the apprenticeships from 1744-1750 for the Combmakers’ Company survive but have been indexed. (Webb 1997-2). There are two relevant indexes: Bowers runs an index of combmakers and Watts an index of combmakers and horners.

Ancestry has UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-1811
FMP has Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808

But these record sets will be too early for your chap.
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Re: Combmakers information

Postby batty » Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:05 pm

Thanks for the information
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