|Barrington||1940s||From Guitarsite: Barrington Acoustic Guitar with label “Hand Made by Arthur Hensel Especially For Baere & Son circa WWII.
However, the example in these photos from Len is a Barrington with the label suggesting Artist RS Williams and Son.
The Barrington link with Beare and Son appears to be explained in a forum. Beare and Sons evolved from Beare, Goodwin, established 1865, England’s first musical instrument wholesaler. Richard “Barrington” Beare joined the family company in 1931. So from this one would assume that Hensel made a Barrington model for Beare and Sons and perhaps the same model was distributed by Williams and Son. Beare & Son did not appear to coninue beyond 1950.
This Barrington Artist in these pictures appears very similar to the Hensel Artist at Folkway Music but the headstocks are slightly different (square v rounded – see below)
see Beare & Son