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Samuel Mordan started his business c.1820 at 22 Castle Street, London EC. Later they had a factory in City Road. They made and sold many small items, including postal scales and coin scales. The weights that accompany their postal scales are distinctive, having a small raised section inside the rim.
The base is of Ashford Black Marble, inlaid with malacite. Ashford Black Marble is the name given to a dark limestone, quarried from mines near Ashford-in-the-Water, in Derbyshire, England.
Henry Watson, the uncle of Derbyshire geologist White Watson, is regarded as one of the key figures in the development of the local industry of inlaying Ashford Black Marble. In the 1750s he owned a water-powered mill at Ashford in the Water and it was from here that he grew a thriving trade in the manufacture of urns, obelisks and other decorative items from Ashford Black Marble during the late 18th and early 19th century. John Mawe had a museum in Matlock Bath that dealt in black marble and Ann Rayner engraved pictures, next door at another museum, on black marble using a diamond. Many fine examples of engraved and inlaid black marble exist in local collections, including those of Derby Museum, Buxton Museum, and Chatsworth House.
|Width||7.50 inch||(19.05 cm)|
|Depth||4.50 inch||(11.43 cm)|