- Niall O’Loughlin
English family of brass instrument makers. William Shaw (i) (b c1754; d ?1823) was active in London at 18 Wardour Street (1775–83) and at 21 Red Lion Street (1783–1823); by 1790 he was listed as ‘French horn and trumpet maker to the king’, but in 1800 as ‘ironmonger’. His first son, Thomas Shaw (b London, 15 Sept 1775; d after 1839), joined the business in 1802, followed in 1806 by his second son, William Shaw (ii) (bap. London, 23 May 1785), the firm becoming known as Shaw & Sons. Thomas Shaw ran the firm from 1823 to 1839 as T. Shaw & Co.
At least 18 instruments by the Shaw family are known, including a bugle (GB.O.ub), a bugle horn (GB.Y.m), and a horn (F.P.cm). Ten silver trumpets, pitched in E♭ and made by William (i) or his sons between ...