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Newey Brothers

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May 1931.
April 1933. Newey's.
June 1933. Newlocks.
November 1933. Newlock.
December 1933.
April 1935.
1953. LHS.
1953. RHS.
1954. LHS.
1954. RHS.

Newey Brothers Ltd, of 105/127 Brearley Street, Birmingham. London Office: 27 Monkwell Street, EC2. (1922)

Ditto Address. London Office at 80 Wood Street, EC2. Telephone: Central 5325-6. Cables: "Pelican, Birmingham". (1929)

Ditto Birmingham Address and Cables. Telephone: Birmingham, Aston Cross 0151-6. London Office: 33 King Street, Cheapside, London, EC2. (1947)

Manufacturers of buttons, hooks and eyes, hairpins and wireless accessories. Records from 1864 to 1934 are stored in Birmingham City Archives.

1798 Company established - presumably a precursor of J. G. Newey

1863 Death of James George Newey

At some point later, the name was changed to Newey Brothers (based on advert), the business of James Clement Newey and William Millars Newey

1886 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, William Millars Newey and James Clement Newey, at Brearley-street, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, as Hook and Eye Manufacturers, under the style or firm of Newey Brothers, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent; all debts owing from or due to the late firm will be paid or received by the said James Clement Newey, who for the future will carry on the business on his own account...'[1]

1896/7 Directory: Advertiser. More detail [2]

1903 Incorporated as a limited company.

1913 Held the Royal Warrant for many years

1914 Manufacturers of hooks, eyes, dress fasteners and hairpins. Specialities: dress hooks and eyes, mantle, military and tent hooks, eyes and snap fasteners. Employees 1,000. [3]

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Newey's Hooks and Eyes, Newey's Snap Fasteners, Newey's Hairpins, etc. (Stand No. E.33) [4]

1923 Acquired Brearley Manufacturing Ltd and wound up the company; J. G. Newey was chairman[5]

1929 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of Metal Smallwares. Hooks and Eyes; Press Buttons; Hairpins; Hook and Eye Tape; Corset, Garter and Suspender Fittings. Also Snap Fastener Tape, Four-piece Fasteners for Gloves, etc., "Newlock" Hair Pins, Twinlock Hair Pins. (Textiles and Clothing Section - Stand No. S.70) [6]

1939 Patent - Improvements relating to sewing machines for stitching objects on to tapes, bands, articles of clothing and the like. [7]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert in Association with D. F. Tayler and Co as Manufacturers of: Hooks and Eyes; snap Fasteners; Hair Pins; Buckles; Corset and Suspender Fittings; Hook and Eye Tape; Snap Fastener Tape; Glove Fasteners; 'Newlock' and 'Blend-Rite' Hair Grips; 'Sta-Rite' Hair Pins; Slide Fasteners; 'Wizard' Bodkins; Wire and Sheet Metal Articles. (Fancy Goods Section) [8]

1949 Shows associated company D. F. Tayler and Co

1956 Patent - Improvements in the manufacture of ball headed pins. [9]

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Sources of Information

  • [3] Buttonmakers Birmingham