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CHARLES CHUBB (d. 1845)

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 322 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHARLES CHUBB (d. 1845), English locksmith, started a hardware business at Winchester, subsequently removing to Portsea. Here he improved on the " detector " lock (q.v.), originally patented in 1818 by his brother, Jeremiah Chubb. He soon moved to London and then to Wolverhampton, where he employed two hundred hands. In 1835 he patented a process intended to render safes (q.v.) burglar-proof and fireproof, and subsequently established a large safe-factory in London. He died on the 16th of May 1845, and was succeeded in the business by his son, John Chubb (1816-1872), who patented various improvements in the products of the firm and largely increased its output. The factories were combined under one roof in a model plant, and the business grew to enormous proportions. After John Chubb's death the business was converted into a limited company under the management of his three sons.
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