#15667

From the Baltimore city directories:
1837 – [not found]
1842 – Peters Wm. brass founder, cor Pratt and Concord sts
1845 – Peters Wm., brass founder, 8 W. Pratt St
1847 – Peters Wm. brass founder, Concord st cor. Pratt
– advt: WM. PETERS, BRASS & BELL FOUNDER/ Pratt street, near the Bridge.
Composition Spikes of all sizes constantly on hand.
Castings of all sizes executed at the shortest notice.
Also, a large lot of Grindstones, both hand and water, wholesale and retail.
1852 – Peters Wm., brass and bell. 8 w. Pratt
– advt: WILLIAM PETERS’ BRASS AND BELL FOUNDRY,
No. 8 Pratt Street, near the Bridge,
Also dealer in Wrought Iron Pipes, Leather Belting, Metallic Gum Packing, Composition Spikes, Nails, &c. &c.
1853 – WM, PETERS, BRASS AND BELL FOUNDRY, No. 8 PRATT STREET, NEAR THE BRIDGE
1853 – PETERS WILLIAM, brass founder & hardware dealer, S w Pratt
1855 – PETERS WILLIAM, brass founder and hardware dealer, 10 w Pratt
1856 – Peters Wm. brass founder and hardware dealer, 10 w Pratt
– also classified under both Bell Founders and Brass Founders
[Later directories are not available online.]

In summary, William Peters operated a brass foundry in Baltimore from 1842 (or earlier) until at least 1856, probably in the same location for the entire period. Like many other enterprises of the time, he had several other lines of work as well, including the casting of bells. However, the evidence from the directories isn’t sufficient to show what kinds of bells he made.