In looking at William Eley &
William Fearn, we should look at the two different periods that they were
working together. The first period was between 1797 and 1808 and the second
period was between 1814 and 1824. William Eley was apprenticed to William
Fearn on 7th November 1770. He entered his first mark in partnership with
William Fearn on 4th January 1797. They were registered as plate-workers.
This first partnership lasted until 9th April 1808 and then resumed again on
6th October 1814. By this time William Fearn was 66 but the partnership
appears to have lasted until 1824. Presumably by this time he will have been
doing very little actual silver work.
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