Joseph Johnson (watch maker)

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Joseph Johnson
Born 2nd April 1780[1]
Liverpool Lancashire
Died March 2nd, 1827
Buried, March 6, 1827. Everton, Lancashire.[2]
Nationality British
Occupation Horologist
Known for Antique watches
Spouse(s) Mary Bryers Born 14/04/1782 daughter of John Bryers and Margaret Blackburn on 24/03/1808 at St Anne’s Parish Richmond Liverpool Lancashire

Joseph Johnson of Liverpool, England, was a highly respected and successful British master clock, watch and chronometer maker.

He was a nonconformist who was married to Mary Bryers[3][4] and who worked in Liverpool from 1795 to about 1827. He is known to have worked from a factory at 25 Church Street. Initially, his business traded from 26/27 Church Street and, later on, from 48/49 Church Street. This detail is often found on the movement of his watches.[5] After his death, on 2 March 1827, his wife Mary, son Joseph Johnson and grandsons Joseph Johnson Cashen and Joseph Johnson Norris continued his work. His watches are of high quality and often in precious metal cases. Joseph Johnson had a preference for using fully jewelled watch movements.[5] He is credited with inventing several design improvements to the pocket watch and watch movement. His watches were commonly used on U.S. railroads, before the establishment of the U.S. watch industry.





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