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  1. J. Gilbert, Brompton Road, London. Pleating.

    I am told that Jack Gilbert introduced the first pleating/sewing machine into this country at his shop in Brompton Road, London. I suspect this was in the 1930s. Can anyone either confirm or dispell this family belief please? Does anyone have any information about Jack please?

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 21-11-2012 12:13 PM
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  2. Dress mantlemaker

    Can anyone tell me what this occupation is and what it involved? I have tried to google it but had no success. Is there a good website that gives descriptions of various occupations? TIA Suzanne

    Started by Melberry‎, 28-07-2008 10:10 AM
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  3. Provincial doll makers, 19th century

    I have inherited two Victorian dolls. Having examined them carefully, and tried to research them, I am wondering whether head/shoulder units and ready-made lower limbs could be bought by a local seamstress, who would have used them to make up dolls to sell locally. Has anyone come across any...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 13-11-2016 4:49 PM
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  4. McMullen Tailors & Haberdashers

    My great-grandfather John Edward McMullen was a tailor on Conran Street, Manchester and in Manchester city centre, late 1800s to 1940s. His wife Jemima was a furrier and they lived in Back Irk Street. In later years the shops were taken over by his sons. I am looking for any information on his...

    Started by daisynook‎, 29-03-2015 12:23 PM
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  5. Jewish Tailor of military uniforms

    I am looking for information about my great-grandfather Solomon Chapman. There is a family story that he made uniforms for the British military in the late 1800'2.

    Started by jsligi‎, 05-12-2014 12:23 AM
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  6. London tailors: Wm. McAuliffe & John Cleary

    I recently found a marriage certificate of my wife's ancestor Patrick Cleary who married Margaret McAuliffe in London 25 Dec 1852. The certificate shows that Patrick was a tailor, as was his father, John, and Margaret's father William McAuliffe. Since Patrick was born in Ireland, John also likely...

    Started by barryxe‎, 11-02-2014 8:29 PM
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  7. W WEBBER, Tailor, London, 1904

    Filed with Frederick George Abercrombie's WW1 Service Records (WO 363): A handwritten reference (Q & A type) from W WEBBER, Tailor, of Woodstock Street, Oxford Street, dated February 1904. May be of use as a handwriting/signature sample. Anc****y, ABE, page 1187

    Started by fullscott‎, 11-12-2013 10:12 AM
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  8. R HOSKINS, Cutter GAUNT & SON Peterboro' 1913

    Filed with Richard Cope's WW1 Service Records (WO 363): A handwritten letter on headed notepaper (W GAUNT & SON, Bridge Street, Peterborough) from R HOSKINS, Cutter. Dated August 1913. May be of use as a handwriting/signature sample. Anc****y, COP, page 5027

    Started by fullscott‎, 08-09-2013 11:28 AM
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  9. Training/Apprenticeships

    Can I check with someone that anyone wanting to become a tailor in the early 1800s would need to undergo an apprenticeship and that the parents/guardian would have to pay for the training unless the child was in the care of the parish?

    Started by ashbee‎, 29-10-2009 8:55 PM
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  10. Dynan/Dinan...Irish Tailors in Lancashire.

    Hi, I'm new to this site and I'd love some help with my ancestors who were from somewhere in Ireland originally but lived in the Manchester area by around 1827 , then Rochdale in 1835 and then the Liverpool area from around 1838. There are two or three generations who all appear to be 'Tailors'...

    Started by Hounddog‎, 12-10-2013 2:53 PM
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  11. Dressmakers and Seamstresses

    A couple of times recently I've come across the suggestion that a woman described in a census as a dressmaker or seamstress might have been using this as a euphemism, since she was involved in something much less wholesome. Is there any evidence to support this idea, please? Arthur

    Started by arthurk‎, 03-06-2006 8:18 PM
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  12. Merchant Taylors' Company

    I have found the websites of the Merchant Taylors' Company of London and also found information on the Merchant Taylors' of York. Can anyone advise me whether there was a Merchant Taylors' Company of Manchester. It would seem strange if there wasn't at least a chapter of this guild in...

    Started by LynneOz‎, 20-08-2013 3:20 AM
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  13. Drapers

    looking for information on Edward Hodges listed as draper in 1869 on sons baptismal records. in the 1871 census was then listed as traveller.

    Started by DoreenH‎, 04-08-2013 8:16 AM
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  14. Burling and Mending

    In the 1950,s at Baildon Yorkshire ,when i was a very young lad , i remember going to a large room ,full of bolts of cloth , with elderly ladies working on them . The auntie who took me , told me they are mending the cloth,but to a young tyke like me ,it looked ok . My question is .....Did...

    Started by Jim B‎, 03-08-2013 2:07 PM
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  15. Frederick Watts, a Tailor, died before 1880

    Hi I am trying to locate my great grandmother's father Frderick Watts. According to her marriage certificate my great grandmother Mary Ann Watts married on 11 Jan 1880 at St. Pancras Parish church when she was age 22. Her father Frederick Watts was then decesed. His occupation is given as...

    Started by Richard Miller‎, 03-04-2012 7:06 PM
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  16. A tailor who made his fortune

    He was my gg granduncle, born 1818, a tailor who lived with his parents. I think perhaps his wife died after bearing a couple of children. They all lived together in the village of Battle near Hastings. Father was a gardener. He lived till the age of 80 and by that time had amassed a...

    Started by Mallyjam‎, 15-03-2012 2:01 PM
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  17. Thomas Taylor & Son, 60 King St Manchester

    I found this entry in a 1815 directory of Manchester. My gggrandfather was Thomas Taylor (b 1802) who was a master tailor and draper operating first from King St and then from John Dalton St in Manchester. The description in the 1816-17 directory is: tailor and habit maker as well as woollen...

    Started by LynneOz‎, 08-01-2012 3:41 AM
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  18. Cool Soldier's uniforms

    Before the 1840's, and the advent of the sewing machine, army officers would have their uniforms hand tailored. But who made the 100's of 'red coats' required by the 'other ranks'?. They were not tailored to fit I'm sure - simply issued to the nearest size. Some tailor must have had a contract to...

    Started by chopendoz‎, 29-07-2011 3:32 PM
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  19. Tailors Guild in England or Dublin?

    Please could anyone tell me if there is a Tailors Guild which might hold records of master tailors circa 1800-1860? My ancestor was a merchant tailor with businesses in both London and Dublin and I would like to see if there are any details held on him. It seems there was a strike or somesuch of...

    Started by Spangle‎, 15-08-2008 12:03 AM
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  20. Tailor's Guild ?

    Quite a few men of my ancestors were tailors – either ‘journeyman’ or ‘master’ tailor. I am assuming that there was some regulatory/governing body (or Guild) that assessed a tailor’s expertise and upgraded their status – from apprentice to ‘journeyman’ for example. If this is so, was there such a...

    Started by chopendoz‎, 17-05-2011 2:56 PM
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