Walter Dunn & Company – nautical instruments

James Chan: This advert from 1951 is courtesy of Grace’s Guides: British Industrial History. However, the company doesn’t appear to have operated in the UK. So I wonder if it was a Hong Kong based company. If so did it manufacture here?

I can find no mention of Walter Dunn & Co. in the HK Public Records Office newspaper search. And Grace’s Guides does not say where this advert came from.

Walter Dunn and Company

This article was first posted on 25th July 2015.


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  • knoxploration

    Likely the same Walter Dunn & Co. that was selling nautical publications from Man Yee Building in the late 1960s. They appear to have been a retailer, rather than a manufacturer:

    From the first link (1966):

    “Messrs. Walter Dunn and Company of Man Yee Building, Hong Kong, maintain ample stocks of Admiralty charts, nautical publications and navigational instruments.”

    And from the second link (1967):

    “Useful publications and where to obtain them

    3. Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea Price $2
    On sale at George Falconer & Co. Ltd.,
    903 Prince’s Building, Hong Kong, or
    Walter Dunn & Co., Man Yee Building,
    Hong Kong”

    The original Man Yee Building, incidentally, was located at 60-68 Des Voeux Rd Central. It was said to be the colony’s first to feature elevators, and its last to feature manually-operated escalators. It was torn down in 1999:

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