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Edward Caspar

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Nameplate of Hugon engine at the Anson Engine Museum

Edward Caspar (1825-1910) of London

There is some uncertainty about the surname's spelling. The 'hardest' evidence has EDWARD CASPER on the brass nameplate of a Hugon engine at the Anson Engine Museum, but CASPAR appears widely in print.

1866 'NOTICE. ALL PERSONS are cautioned NOT TO SELL THE PATENT PORTABLE SELF-ACTING FIRE-ENGINE called or known by the name of "L’EXTINCTEUR," except by License from Edward Caspar, of 33, Poultry, London, sole Licensee under the patent obtained for the said Fire Engine; and also not to purchase the said Fire Engine, called as aforesaid, except of the said Edward Caspar, or his accredited agents; and all persons are required to take notice that if they shall sell the same Fire Engines without such License as aforesaid, or shall become purchasers thereof from any party not being authorised agent for their sale, that they will forfeit the same, and be proceeded against according to the law in such case provided. Dated this 16th day of March, 1866. W. and J. S. SKIPPER, Solicitors for the said Edward Caspar.'[1]

1867 Advertisement. 'Dick's Patent Instantaneous Self-Acting Fire Engine L'Extincteur.' Sole Agent - James Fairlie, 33 Poltry, (Sucessor to Edward Caspar).[2]

F. B. VALLANCE, having extended his works (solely devoted to the Manufacture of the HUGON GAS ENGINE), is able to deliver and fix Engines ready for use within three days of receipt of order. The simplicity, value, durability, economy, and excellence of the HUGON GAS ENGINE is attested officially, and by the first houses in the Brewery, Printing, and Manufacturing interests, as well as by Private Gentlemen and distinguished Amateurs.
Liberal terms to agents and to customers requiring facilities for payment.
Prospectuses and testimonials may be obtained from
Hugon Gas Engine Manufactory,
or EDWARD CASPAR, 101, Cannon street, London. E.C.'[3]

1872 'SALE OF FRENCH FIREARMS — On the charge of having sold a large number of French firearms, the barrels of which had never been proved or stamped, Mr. Edward Caspar appeared at Guildhall Police-court. It was, however, alleged that the muskets had only been parted with as samples, and that the money left on them was a deposit to be hereafter accounted for. In the end the defendant lose fined £20 and costs.'[4]

1876 Advertisement. 'Diamond Steam Fuel'. Edward Caspar and Co, 40 Finsbury Circus.[5]

1881 Living Kensington, age 57 born Middlesex, a Manager. With his wife and four children.[6]

1885 Mentioned. Edward Caspar of the firm Brogden and Co, London, promoting the use of Rhearamie (China grass).[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Norwich Mercury, 17 March 1866
  2. Luton Times and Advertiser - Saturday 15 June 1867
  3. London City Press, 30 January 1869
  4. Christchurch Times, 3 August 1872
  5. Shipping and Mercantile Gazette - Wednesday 10 May 1876
  6. 1881 Census
  7. Manchester Evening News - Friday 08 May 1885