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Charles Green (1844-1906)

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Charles Green (1844–1906), manufacturing jeweller.

1844 born in Birmingham son of Charles Green, jeweller, and his wife Mary[1]

1851 Charles Green 34, jeweller employing 4 men and 4 boys, Mary Green 34, William Green 11, George Green 9, Charles Green 7, Rosina Green 5, Walter Green 3, Maryann Green 2, Alfred Green 3 Mo, Charlotte Green 11, were living in Birmingham, St Georges[2]

Charles Green junior learned the jeweller's craft

1861 A jeweller, living in Handsworth with Mary Green 43, George Green 20, Charles Green 18, Rosina Green 16, Walter Green 14, Mary Ann Green 11, Alfred Green 9, Arthur Green 7, most of whom were jewellers[3]

1863 he became a partner in the family firm.

1867 Married Katherine Stevenson

1876 Became managing director of the family firm, Charles Green and Son

1881 Jeweller, Master, Employing 21 Men, 9 Boys, 4 Girls, living in Kings Norton with Katharina Green 33, Charles S. Green 12, Kate M. Green 10, Beatrice M. Green 8, Lionel A. Green 6, Annie E. Green 4, Roland Green 1[4]

1882 Appointed by the Birmingham assay office as guardian of the standard of wrought plate.

1887 Together with Jacob Jacobs, Green brought together the city's firms and created the Birmingham Jewellers' and Silversmiths' Association. As the association's first chairman, he oversaw the regulation of the trade, which then employed 20,000 people, and did much to dispel its poor reputation as a shady business producing shoddy goods.

1890 he was appointed an examiner for Great Britain and the colonies in goldsmiths' work to the City and Guilds of London Institute.

c1900 His sons, Lionel and Roland, joined him in the running of the firm.

1906 Died in Kings Norton

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1881 census
  • Biography of Charles Green, ODNB