- Also known as
Perkins & Heath
primary name: Perkins & Heath
other name: Perkins & Bacon
other name: Perkins, Bacon & Co
other name: Perkins, Bacon & Petch
other name: Perkins, Fairman & Heath
- organisation; publisher/printer; manufacturer/factory; British
- Other dates
- 1819-1935 (fl.)
- 69 Fleet Street, London (from 1820 Perkins, Fairman & Heath)
- Printer of books, bank notes, postage stamps and trade cards. Notable for printing the Penny Black postage stamp in 1840. Founded by Jacob Perkins (1766-1849), an American inventor, who travelled to Liverpool, England in 1819 where he entered into the printing business with the engraver and publisher Charles Heath (1785-1848; q v) and Gideon Fairman, forming Perkins, Fairman & Heath. in 1829 Perkins' son-in-law Joshua Butters bought the shares of Heath, and the company became Perkins & Bacon. In 1835 the engraver Henry Petch (1798-1852) joined the firm and its name changed to Perkins, Bacons & Petch. After several changes of partners, the company became a Limited Company in 1887. In 1935 the firm went out of business.
David Alexander (email Aug 2022 in relation to CBA202815): This share certificate is signed by the engravers Perkins, Bacon and Petch. The firm had a complicated history, being set up by an American Jacob Perkins, who came to Britain to use his way of hardening soft steel plates after they had been engraved. For a time he was in partnership with Charles Heath. He was joined by another American, Joshua Butters Bacon (1890-1861) who had married his daughter Sarah Ann in Newburyport in 1817. Their partnership as Perkins and Bacon lasted from May 1829 until 1834, when they took into partnership the engraver Henry Thomas Phillipson Petch, born in Louth, Lincs, in 1798. Petch died in June 1852, but the firm seems to have kept the same name for some years after his death.
- http://www.bphs.net/groupfacilities/P/PerkinsBaconPetch.htm -- accessed 1 August 2022
https://jjhc.info/perkinsbaconandco -- accessed 1 August 2022