Weber [Webber], Ferdinand
- Brian Boydell
- , revised by Lance Whitehead
(b Borstendorf, Saxony, May 6, 1715; d Dublin, Ireland, bur. Oct 25, 1784). Irish keyboard instrument maker of German origin. His certificate of apprenticeship states that he learned organ building under Johann Ernst Hähnel of Lower Meissen between 10 Dec 1728 and the same date in 1735. He worked about 1745–8 in London before settling in Dublin about 1749 (residing at 71 Marlborough Street from c1750 onwards). He married Rachel Wilcocks in 1755, and after his death she carried on the business with their son Thomas Ferdinand (bap. Dublin, 19 April 1756) at 75 Marlborough Street, until her own death in 1789. The piano maker William Southwell was an apprentice of Weber; Robert Woffington, who succeeded Weber as the leading organ builder in Dublin until the establishment of William Telford’s firm about 1832, might also have been his pupil.
Weber’s work is first mentioned in Faulkner’s ...