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c1828 Trade Card Printer's Proof - William Betts, Manufacturer Of Saws And Ladies Busks, Birmingham Great Britain

Without a doubt, this is a printer's proof of a c1828 trade card. 

  • c1828 William Betts, From Sheffield, Manufacturer Of Saws Of Every Description. Ladies Elastic Busks of all kinds. No. 10 Court Ludgate Hill, Birmingham.
  • Original and uncut Trade Card Printers Proof. The only Betts trade card or printers proof that I know of.
  • Letterpress printed. Features illustrations of a Hand Saw, Pit Saw, Circular Saw and Mulley or Up & Down Saw.
  • Moderate foxing that is lighter than appears in photographs. Clear and sharp letterpress image with block indentation around the card. 
  • 8.5" x 5.25" paper sheet. 4.25" x 2.5" trade card imprint.

EBAY AUCTION: In addition to this post, provided for your edification and enjoyment, the William Betts trade card printer's proof is up for auction at Ebay.

From the 1849 Birmingham History

Betts, William & Co., saw, plane, joiners' and edge tool manufacturers, 58 Ludgate Hill.

From the Oldtools List Archives regarding an initial time line of British Sawmakers,

1828-9 (_Pigot & Co.'s National Commercial Directory_)
Betts  Wm., 41 Water St.
Betts  Wm., 10 Court, Ludgate Hill

Till next, Gary
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