1) A dealer in chemical products that were used in other local occupations, especially the dyeing of cloth.

The term came into prominence in the eighteenth century: in Huddersfield, for example, Thomas Firth, drysalter, was listed in the trade directory of 1760-63, but in Bailey’s directory of 1784 no fewer than seven men were so described.

places Huddersfield
dates 1760-1763

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