1) Some 'boxmakers' were actually box-iron makers but the making of metal boxes, for a variety of other purposes, became a specialist craft in Sheffield in the late years of the seventeenth century.

The apprenticeship agreement of Jack Hancock in 1678 shows that his Master Francis Brownell was a scissorsmith but would teach him to make tobacco boxes. When Francis Brownell died in 1689 his inventory included 11 dossen of Boxes. The occupation was soon well established: 1698 John Wilson boxmaker, Sheffield and certain specialisations were eventually recognised: 1743 John Crumpton coal boxmaker

1745 Thomas Windle tobacco box manufacturer.

places Sheffield
dates 1678 1698 1743 1745

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