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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/064
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1853-1958
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 26 production units.
Name of creator(s): Daniel Desbois and Sons | watch and clockmakers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Desbois and Wheeler, watch and clockmakers, was based at 9 Gray's Inn Passage between 1820-1835. In 1836 the business was renamed Daniel Desbois and Sons and remained at the same premises until 1879 when it moved to 79 High Holborn. From 1902-58 the firm's address was 10 Brownlow Street, High Holborn and from 1959 to 1980 51 Carey Street. The business then appears to have moved to Hampstead.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Daniel Desbois and Sons, watch and clockmakers, comprising a series of ledgers and a series of day books.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1971 and 1988 by the firm on behalf of the Clockmakers' Company. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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Description Notes

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:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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