Cumberbatch Family History, Cumberbatch Genealogy and Cumberbatch Ancestry
Edward Stephen Comberbach
Watchmaker & Barometer Maker
1816 - 1879
1853 - 1895
Edward Stephen COMBERBACH, son of John COMBERBACH and Margaret, was born in 1816 in Blackburn, Lancashire. He was baptised on 10 December 1816 in Balderstone, Lancashire. He died 18 October 1879 at 27 Dukes Brow, Blackburn, Lancashire and his Personal Estate was under £5,000.
Edward Stephen Comberbach, son of Edward Stephen the elder, was born in 1853 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England and died 3 February 1895 in Hythe, Kent, England. COMBERBACH Edward Stephen of Eversleigh Seabrook near Hythe Kent gentleman died 3 February 1895 and his effects totalled £12,526 6s 6d.
The above are pictures of one of their pocket watches. The dial is inscribed: Manufactured by E.S. Comberbach & Sons Blackburn. The 'movement' is a 'Fusee Lever' and is signed: E S Comberbach & Sons, No. 31253, 48 Market Place, Blackburn.
The case-maker's identity is "JW" - Joseph Walton and the case number is 22945. The case is at least 92.5% silver, bearing hallmarks for London and made in 1876. Thanks to David Penney at The Antique Watch Store for the identification of the case-maker and year of its manufacture.
Here is the little I have found out about him:
Blackburn 1858. W. [Watchmaker]
Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World Vol: 2 Brian Loomes
N.A.G. Press Ltd London: 1976. Guildhall
Library - R926/81p.49]
COMBERBACH, Edward Stephen, Blackburn 48 Victoria
Buildings, New Market Place in 1858.
SILVER FUSEE LEVER with ENGRAVED DUST COVER
Signed E S Comberbach Blackburn 1771
Hallmarked Chester 1894 ; Diameter 57 mm ; Depth 11 mm
For more details on just how these types of watches work see: The English Lever Watch
A watch restored and back to working condition
As with watchmaking it is difficult to know with certainty just how much of the Barometer was made by Edward Stephen Comberbach. Some makers made the complete instrument; others made the parts and bought the rest, whilst some bough all of the parts, including the case, and assembled them. The remainder, who should be described as retailers, bought the barometers from wholesalers and had their name engraved in the dial or the level plate. Some makers advertised barometers for sale "wholesale or retail".
He is listed in Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660 - 1900 as:
Comberbach, Edward Stephen working 1858. Clock & watch Maker, Blackburn
[Source Barometer Makers and Retailers 1660 - 1900 by Edwin Banfield 1991]