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.