Thomas J. Downing
An 1878 ad in Nature for "Thomas Downing, Mineralogist &c." reads: "Museums for Schools, Colleges. &c. Minerals, Fossils, and Rocks 500 specimens price £10 0s 0d ... arranged after the best authorities, in a Handsome Stained Cabinet, or, Glass Top Show Table." He established his business about 1859, but his address is not known prior to 1876, when his ads place him at 38 Whiskin St., EC[?] and 36 Richmond Gardens, Shepherds Bush, still offering the above kinds of specimens and also "Instructions in geology, mineralogy, chemistry, and blowpipe analysis." The business was still at the same address in 1884. According to the 1881 Census, Thomas Downing by then had a son of the same name, born in 1848 or 1849, who was running the business. Ads generally suggest that the Downings were mainly suppliers of educational sets of mineral specimens.
COOPER, M.P. (2007) Robbing the Sparry Garniture: a 200-Year History of British Mineral Dealers. Mineralogical Record, Tucson, 358 p.
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