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Clarke and Dunham

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Cover of millstone balance weight
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April 1870.

Clarke & Dunham of 69 Mark Lane, and 48 Mark Lane, London.

Henry Clarke and William Dunham

Licensees of Leuvain's needle lubricator

William Fairbairn described 'an ingenious contrivance' for dynamically balancing millstones made from blocks of French burr, incorrectly naming the firm as 'Clarke & Durham' [1]. Weights were installed at 90 degree intervals in vertical holes in the wheels. The height of each stack of weights was adjustable by a screw, and by this means the wheel could be made to rotate in balance and without wobble. The holes were covered by plates showing the patent date 1859.

1860 Advert. Clarke and Dunham. Sole proprietor of the Patent balance for Millstones. 'Please address us by letter to Wakefield, Yorkshire or Epping, Essex'[2]

1868 Address is Clarke and Dunham, 48 Mark Lane.[3]

1868 Partnership dissolved. '...the.Partnership heretofore existing between Henry Clarke and William Dunham, in the trade or business of Patentees of the Millstone Balance, Factors, and Merchants, and under the style of Clarke and Dunham, at No. 48, Mark-lane, London, is this day dissolved by mutual consent, so far as regards the said Henry Clarke. The said trade or business will in future be carried on by William Dunham alone, at No, 48, Mark-lane, London, under the name or style of Clarke and Dunham,...'[4]

1873 Exhibited 'Grain Cleaning Machines' at the 1873 Vienna Universal Exhibition[5]

1876 Exhibited 'Millstones, Chrondometers' at the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition[6]

1878 Exhibited 'Millstones, grain cleaning and flour mill machinery' at the 1878 Paris Exhibition [7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Treatise on Mills & Millwork' by Sir William Fairbairn, 4th edition, 1878
  2. Birmingham Daily Post - Monday 17 September 1860
  3. Berkshire Chronicle - Saturday 03 October 1868
  4. [1] The London Gazette Publication date:3 January 1868 Issue:23339 Page:12
  5. [2] The London Gazette Publication date:24 January 1873 Issue:23941 Page:339
  6. [3] The London Gazette Publication date:3 December 1875 Issue:24272 Page:6242
  7. [4] The London Gazette Publication date:18 December 1877 Issue:24532 Page:7263