F. Darton & Co. Ltd.
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: gizmogal-ga
List Price: $2.00
04 Aug 2003 07:34 PDT
Expires: 03 Sep 2003 07:34 PDT
Question ID: 238825
I am looking for a an English company, F.Darton & Company Ltd. from Watford,England (could be near London). They seem to be well-known as I found references to them. They made weather instruments, especially barometers of various types. I know they were in business from at least 1834 to at least 1980, based on much Googling I've done already, jumping to sites making many references to their products and thereby establishing dates of manufacture. I find no trace of the company now. But perhaps they have no web site or they are gone? What was/is their address; are they stil in business; if not, when did they close the doors? I have a gimballed barometer of theirs and seek to know its value/date of origin and any other facts about it. But the company history is of great interest to me, even if I go no further about my own barometer. Many thanks for your fine services.
Re: F. Darton & Co. Ltd.
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 04 Aug 2003 09:08 PDT
Hello gizmogal, According to two sources, F. Darton is now a trade name for barometers by Russell Scientific Instruments Ltd: "Russell Scientific Instruments Ltd" Dial Engineering http://www.dialengineering.co.uk/company-81092866.html "Alphabetical Index of Trade Names ~ F" BDEC Online http://www.bdec-online.co.uk/bd-trade/bd-tf.htm This company's web site is: Russell Scientific Instruments Ltd http://www.russell-scientific.co.uk/ In addition to Googling for information and contacting Russell Scientific Instruments, you might keep watch on eBay. At least one F. Darton barometer was sold recently: "1940 F Darton & Co Scientific Stick Barometer" eBay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2547666806&category=361 - justaskscott Search terms used on Google: "f darton" barometer "f darton" barometers Search term used on eBay: "f darton"
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