The Chance Collection

Scope and Content

Records comprise stock books of Chance and Homer, hardware manufacturers, 1771-1880; ledger of William and George Chance, partners in the exporting firm later known as William Chance and Son, 1816-1824; private ledger of Sir James Timmins Chance, partner and manager of Chance Brothers and Company, glass manufacturers, 1838-1875; manuscript accounts of Robert Lucas Chance, partner and manager of Chance and Brothers [later known as Chance Brothers and Company], for 1831.

Administrative / Biographical History

Three companies associated with the Chance family of Birmingham: Chance and Homer, hardware manufacturers; William Chance and Son, exporters; and Chance Brothers and Company, glass manufacturers.

Reference: Deposit notes


The collection is arranged according to what is thought to be the original provenance of the records.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in 1966 on indefinite loan.

Other Finding Aids

Please see full catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Further papers relating to the company are also held by Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department and are located in the papers of a former company employee F.C. Richards.