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Bone and Ivory Turner and whipmaker

Discussion in 'Genealogy' started by cathjpb, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. cathjpb

    cathjpb proper brummie kid

    I'm trying to find out more about how a bone and ivory turner and a whipmaker operated in the early 1800s. I know a turner used a lathe but not much more. These were the occupations of my Birmingham ancestors. Any information would be appreciated.
  2. sistersue61

    sistersue61 master brummie

    Hi Cath and welcome to the forum.
    I don't know much about the bone and ivory turning, but my great grandad was a renown whip maker back in the 1920s and later. he worked for a small company in Birmingham and also did some self employed work, which he used to send off to Blue Lane in Walsall. The leather they used came in sheets and was cut into strips, traeted and then plaited , with extra thin pieces being plaited in at the very tail if the whip. I have some more detail about this, will find it out and put it on for you, also, my Aunty used to do some of the laether work for him we are going to her 90th tea party this afternoon ,so will ask her again. Mom remembers some bits as well, bear woth me and I will get back to you.
  3. cathjpb

    cathjpb proper brummie kid

    Thank you so much!! I can't believe how helpful people are being! Any info would be great.
  4. malcolmdee

    malcolmdee New Member

    Hi, Your question was raised some time ago but I'll respond anyway. My paternal family were Ivory & Bone Turners in the mid 19th century. My Gt.Gt. Grandfather, Samuel Drew, was a Master Turner with G & W.S. Minshull of Bradford Street for over 26 years. His sons were also in the trade and worked locally. The women of the family would also often work in the trade. A principle product would have been shaving brushes. Information is a bit sketchy but the handles would have been turned on lathes and the women would apply the hairs to the brushes. After Samuel Drew, my Gt.Gt. Grandfather died I have found adverts in the local Birmingham papers calling for Bone Turners and also offering tons of "unadulterated" bone powder for sale. details of the family are at Drew Family Tree (1) 662 People on the Ancestry Web Site. I have drawn a blank on Sam's Baptism Record circa 1803 Bimingham so any help there would be much appreciated!
  5. Pedrocut

    Pedrocut master brummie

    Just out of interest in the occupation I noticed...

    September 1859, David Drew, ivory and bone turner, Pershore St

    March 1865...Frederick Drew, ivory bone turner back of 52, Darwin St, and Mary Ann Drew, screw maker at same address

    Several 1866 adverts for... BONE and IVORY TURNERS.—Good WORKMEN WANTED.—AppIy to S. Minshull, Lombard Street

    April 1870....Charles Drew, bone turner, 163, Sherlock St
  6. Astoness

    Astoness TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR Staff Member

    hi malcolm this is the only way i can respond to the private message you sent me as you need to go into your settings and tick the box allowing other members to send you private messages...as it stands you are able to send them ok but we cant send you one back...


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