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William Eaton

William Eaton specialised in the manufacturing of flatware. He was born in 1788 and became an apprentice to his father, a bucklemaker, in early 1802. He later went to Alexander Field and entered his first mark to the Goldsmiths Hall in May 1813 associated to 30 Addle Street; it was with this mark that a differentiation was made between William Eaton (II) and his father, whose marks had been registered in 1781 and 1784. His workshop moved in 1825 to 6 Jewin Cresent and remained here as part of Eaton’s manufactory whilst the business also took over the premises of Eley & Co at 2 Lovell's Court, Paternoster Row in 1828.

Upon the death of William Eaton in 1856, his business was continued by his widow Elizabeth, and son Jogn. In 1866 , the company was acquired by Henry Holland & Son, which later was known as Holland, Aldwinkle & Slater. This firm was later absorbed further famous companies, including: George Adam's Chawner & Co. and Robert Hennell & Sons. This renowned company was later taken over by Francis Higgins & Sons Ltd in the early 1920s and the flatware legacy of William Eaton was last known in the hands of C J Vander Ltd.

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