HENRY JAMES WILLIAMS
Nott Square, Carmarthen
Selling- Silver Plate without a Licence
At the Carmarthen borough sessions, on the 13th ult, Henry James Williams, watchmaker, Nott-square, was summoned by Charles Whiteoak, Inland Revenue officer, for dealing in plate without a licence. The Inland Revenue officer at St. Clear's said that he went to the shop on February 4th, and asked the defendant's son, who was in charge of the shop owing to his father's illness, for a silver albert. He replied that there were none in the shop, but that if he called later on he would have one for him from a jeweler's traveller, who was then in the town. He subsequently returned, and purchased a silver albert, which was about 5dwt. in weight, and was marked with the plain retail price of 24s. – Mr. Whiteoak, Inland Revenue officer at Carmarthen, said that the chain weighed 2oz. 6dwt. The defendant's son denied that he told the last witness he would get the albert from the traveller. He had bought it recently from his uncle's jewelry shop in Lammas-street, and he also denied that there , were any silver watches or alberts for sale in the shop. The Bench retired to consider their verdict, and, on returning, said that they had found the case proved, and had decided to fine the defendant Â£3, including costs. The Mayor said that he did not agree with the decision.
Source: The Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silversmith - 1st April 1893