Joseph Elliot and Sons (Sheffield) Limited established as a private limited company in 1927. The company's history however dates back to the Joseph Elliot and Sons business that was founded in 1795 at Hollis Croft, Sheffield. Joseph Elliot was a cutlery manufacturer and made high-class kitchen knives for the Butchers and Catering trades; silver-plated tableware for cookware retailers; pocket knives, floor scrapers and scissors for ironmongers and hardware retailers; as well as silver-plated ware and silver cutlery.
In 1921 Joseph Elliot and Sons was incorporated by Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Limited. The latter had been incorporated on May 8th 1919 and formed with the sole intention of acquiring five cutlery businesses in Sheffield: Thomas Turner and Company (Sheffield) Limited; Needham, Veall and Tyzack Limited; Joseph Elliot and Sons; Lockwood Brothers Limited; and Southern and Richardson Limited.
Joseph Elliot and Sons continued to trade at Hollis Croft until 1923 following an agreement with Lockwood Brothers Limited to move to Spital Works, Spital Hill, Sheffield. The company remained under the management of Joseph Greaves Elliot and his two sons Joseph Hawksley Elliot and John Gilbert Elliot. On 31st December 1926 the manufacture of cutlery at the Spital Hill Works ceased and the business moved to Granville Works, 1 Sylvester Street, Sheffield.
By 1926 Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers Limited was experiencing some financial difficulties and as a result sold parts of its businesses to Joseph G. Elliot. Joseph subsequently set up a private limited company, on Sep 2nd 1927, called Joseph Elliot and Sons (Sheffield) Limited. At the same time the original Joseph and Sons Limited company changed its name to Cutlery Agencies Limited.
Joseph and Sons (Sheffield) Limited, with its subsidiaries (see below for a list), was taken over during the early nineteen seventies by J Dewsnap Bowler Limited, Sylvester Works, Sylvester Street, Sheffield.
Other companies associated with the collection
J. Dewsnap Bowler Limited
Sylvester Street, Sheffield (formerly 89 Trippet Lane, Sheffield).
Described as a manufacturer of cutlery materials, at some point in the 1970's this company seems to have acquired Joseph Elliot and Sons (Sheffield) Limited and its subsidiaries. It is not clear from the collection how this business relationship developed, but it seems that Elliots maintained a degree of autonomy within the arrangement.
Subsidiaries of Joseph Elliot and Sons (Sheffield) Limited include:
I. and J. Barber
Era Works, Sheffield
Manufacturer of superior pen and pocket knives. 'Era' trademark.
Colquhoun and Cadman Limited
Sylvester Street, Sheffield
Manufacturer of Cutlery
Incorporated 16th January 1907
Thomas Ellin and Company Limited
Sylvester Works, Sylvester Street, Sheffield
Established 1784, incorporated 14th January 1907
Manufacturer of high class table cutlery, pen and pocket knives, dirk, bowie, hunting, palette, putty, butchers' and plumbers knives, razors, scissors, spoons, forks etc. 'Vulcan' and 'Cutter' trademarks.
Lockwood Brothers Limited
Spital Hill Works, Sheffield
Established 1767, incorporated 30th June 1891
(Owner of John Sorby and Sons)
'Pampa' and 'I. and H. Sorby' trademarks
John Wigfall and Company Limited
Auckland Works, Eldon Street, Sheffield
Manufacturer of table cutlery of all kinds, shoe, bread and butchers' knives, glaziers', farriers', palette and pruning knives, table and butchers' steels, pen, pocket and sporting knives, razors, scissors, electro-plate spoons and forks, fish carvers etc. 'Bonafide' trademark.
John Wilson and Company Limited
Sycamore Street, Sheffield
Manufacturer of knives (butchers, shoes) as well as general cutlery and steels.
'Four Peppercorns and a diamond' trademark.