Silver pocket watch and key presented to local blacksmith, William Henshaw, for his service to the Oddfellows Society in 1838.
The watch is a beautiful example of local craftmanship created by watchmaker Nathaniel Dumville. The Dumville’s were a family of watch and clockmakers. Nathaniel Dumville was based on Lower Hillgate in Stockport. Near the site of his shop there is a small alley way called Dumville Brow.
The recipient, William Henshaw, came from Cheadle Hulme, Stockport. William came from a family of blacksmiths and wheelwrights. Around 1836, William and his brother Thomas founded The Stockport Lurry Works on Wellington Road South, Heaton Norris, Stockport.
The Oddfellows Society have been a friendship club for over 200 years. They provide advice, benefits and support for those in need.