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SILLS, Edwin Robert (d 1943)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/227-163

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: SILLS, Edwin Robert (d 1943)

Date(s): 1901-1920

Level of description: Collection

Extent: Two production units.

Name of creator(s): Sills | Edwin Robert | d 1943 | watch and chronometer finisher


Administrative/Biographical history:

Edwin Robert Sills (d 1943) was a watch and chronometer finisher of 21 Foyle Road, Tottenham. His father, William Sills, was a noted finisher of marine chronometers; his grandfather, also William Sills, was a Coventry watchmaker who came to London in 1840 and took up marine chronometer finishing. When demand for marine chronometers fell off after the First World War, Edwin Sills turned to watch and pocket chronometer finishing, producing work for Victor Kullberg in particular.

At the time of the 1901 census, Edwin Sills was working with his father as a watch finisher from their home at 31 Cressington Road, Stoke Newington. By 1942/3, and almost certainly earlier, he was working at 21 Foyle Road, Tottenham.


Scope and content/abstract:

Job order books of Edwin Robert Sills, watch and chronometer finisher.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Two volumes.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These records were purchased by the Clockmakers' Company at an auction of the library of Professor David Torrens of Dublin. The Clockmakers' Company deposited them in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1973, together with the archives of other watch and clockmakers, as follows: Victor Kullberg, watch and chronometer maker of Islington; Joseph Preston and Sons, watch, clock and chronometer makers, of Prescott, Lancashire; and Heinrich Otto's lecture notes on watchmaking. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

CLC/L/CD for the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

Publication note:

See Horological Journal, vol 85, June 1943, for an obituary of Edwin Sills.


Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: January to May 2011.

Business records | Documents | Information sources
Clockmakers | Craft workers | Skilled workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Clocks | Time measuring instruments | Measuring instruments | Scientific equipment | Equipment
Horology | Metal industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Watches | Time measuring instruments | Measuring instruments | Scientific equipment | Equipment
Clocks x Time measuring instruments

Personal names
Sills | Edwin Robert | d 1943 | watch and chronometer finisher

Corporate names

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe