Ooops Geoff beat me to it
Abraham Dixon, and later his brother of George, moved to Birmingham to work in the firm and by 1844 had become partners. In 1846 there is a notice to say the Business is to be carried on by George and Abraham Dixon and Thomas Lloyd. Thomas Lloyd undertook the foreign travel needed by the commitments of the firm. This included a residence for a couple of years in Australia, and also journeys to Mexico and parts of S. America.
The firm had begun by importing wine from Portugal and Spain, but soon began to export various metal products from Birmingham and the surrounding area. The firm tended to focus on markets in Central and South America, along with the West Indies. The business expanded greatly and around the late 1850s according to George's daughter "the money came rolling in."
One of their main trades was the gun trade. It is reported that during the American Civil War Washington requested the firm to purchase every available gun in Birmingham and the district. In 1860 the firm also obtained the management of the patent for the Wilson breech loading rifle.https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/for...o-ltd.50138/