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1934. New Engineers' Tool Department of Thos. Firth and John Brown Ltd.
Hardometer. Exhibit at Kelham Island Museum.
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of Sheffield, Yorkshire

c.1900 Thomas Firth and Sons established a tools department.

1930 Thomas Firth and John Brown established.

1936 The Engineers Tools Department was especially valuable in helping customers machine the parent company's steel products.[1].

1937 Advert for Firth-Brown Engineers' Tools. Products for the Engineers' Tool Department, including the New Drill Point Grinder, Files, Hacksaws, "Insto" Metal Saws, Milling Cutters, Reamers, and other items made from Firth Speedicut High speed Steels. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. D.408) [2]

1946 Firth Brown Tools Ltd was incorporated as a Public company for the purpose of acquiring from Thomas Firth and John Brown Ltd the business based on the tools department which had been established c.1900.

1952 John Brown and Co purchased the ordinary share capital of Firth Brown Tools from Firth Brown[3].

1960 Firth Brown Tools Ltd licensed Surform tools to Firth Cleveland. Company still reporting its results as public company[4].

1960 Advert. 'Speedicut' tools. (of Speedicut Works, Carlisle Street East, Sheffield) [5]

1961 Manufacturers of engineers cutting tools, saws, files, light instruments and hard metal tipped tools. 1,750 employees. [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 27 June 1936
  2. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p622; and p363
  3. The Times, 27 September 1952
  4. The Times, 23 August 1960
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1960. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p170
  6. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE