Deposited by the Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, 30 December 1974.
Administrative / biographical background:
Mr. Leonard Lintott of Downland, Petworth, originally a wood-cutter, founded his walking-stick business in 1858. He began by sending cut chestnut and ash to other manufacturers and later made walking-sticks himself, and, with the help of his sons James (Jas), Henry, Thomas and Geoffrey, the business and subsequent partnership thrived.
The Lintotts bought the cutting rights of local woods and had their own plantations, the wood from which was made not only into walking-sticks, but also shepherds' crooks, scout poles, umbrella handles, hockey sticks and army officers' sticks.
The business lasted approximately one hundred years.
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