A. William Ball, Jr., age 96, died at his home on Tuesday, August
29th. Son of Dr. Arthur W. Ball of Frankford, Philadelphia and Anita
Seabury Ball of Norfolk, Va.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica on January 18,
1904. He has been a resident of Chester County, Pa since 1917.
Husband of the late Berenice Mueller Ball of St. Joseph, Mo. with
whom he shared 61 years of marriage. He is survived by a son, Wm. Whitman
Ball of Exton; a daughter, Bernie Lou Himes of Fairfax, Va. Three grandsons
and four Great Grandsons.
In 1932, Mr. Ball founded Ball and Ball , manufacturers of antique
reproduction brass and iron house and cabinet hardware and 18 century
lighting fixtures. The business is currently owned and operated by
his son, Whitman, and Grandsons, William and Robert.
He was a long time member and former board member of the Chester
County Historical Society; a 60 year member of the Lion's Club of West
Chester. He was organizer and first President of the West Chester Rifle
and Pistol Club. Founder of Pa. Antique Arms Association. He was a
member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Rolls Royce
Owners Club of America.
He was a respected manufacturer and authority on old brass and iron
hardware and old silver. Mr. Ball was a self taught engineer, inventor,
an avid bridge player and a great storyteller of Chester County history.
He also enjoyed boating, collecting books and driving the countryside.
He was a worldwide traveler and could be seen taking his 1960 Rolls
Royce for jaunts with the Keystone Region Rolls Royce Owners Club through
the Delaware Valley.
He was author of articles on furniture brasses in many antique's
magazines. Author of a book on the Silver of William Ball, Silversmith
of Philadelphia. He was active in buying and selling antiques until
the time of his death.