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Sheffield Minor motorcycle. Exhibit at the National Motorcycle Museum. The similarity in appearance to the New Imperial suggests a connection
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J. G. Graves of Westville, Durham Road, Sheffield, general merchants and manufacturers, and of Margaret Street, Sheffield, electro-plate manufacturers (1911); later a mail-order company.

ca.1894 Company founded.

1894 John George Graves, jeweller, Surrey House, Arundel street.[1]

1906 The company was registered on 9 May, to acquire the business of J. G. Graves, manufacturer of cutlery and electro-plate. [2]

1906 Share prospectus. Directors are John George Graves, Riverdale, Sheffield; Alfred Edward Graves, Ashcliff, Ranmoor, Sheffield; Arthur Frederick Callum, 113 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield; and George Addy, Ranmoor, Sheffield, Merchant.[3]

1906 Advertised under "Birmingham and Sheffield Warehouses" in Northampton[4]

1911 Advertised in Sheffield as "electroplate and silverware manufacturers". Listed under General merchants and manufacturers, Watch and clock makers, Jewellers of Durham Road, and electro-platers of Margaret Street[5]

1912 John George Graves was managing director[6]

1912 Offered the Graves motorcycle, made for the company by New Imperial Motors

1912 Offered Graves gramophones and also sold disc records; also pocket watches, rings, etc (see advert)

Possible agents/makers of the Sheffield Minor motorcycle.

1913 Produced the Speed-King-JAP motorcycle with 300cc s.v. JAP engine

1928 Offered Graves 3-speed bicycles(see advert)

1928 Agents for Heeley Motor and Manufacturing Co

1929 All the shares in the business are held by John George Graves and Alfred Edward Graves.[7]

1932 Incorporated as a public company; the business supplied goods by mail order, from its own factories and warehouses in Sheffield and from the manufacturers with which it had contracts; some of its shares were offered for sale; directors included John George Graves and Alfred Edward Graves, Arthur Wilson and Arthur Callum[8]

1939 Application for recognition of charges under the Road and Rail Traffic Act, in relation to furniture, general stores, wares, etc[9]

1939 Offered Graves Vulcan radios (see advert)

1939 Alfred Edward Graves (1870-1958), brother of John George Graves, was Director of a Mail Order Limited Company, living in Sheffield[10]

1969 Company in voluntary liquidation[11]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 04 January 1894
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Tuesday 15 May 1906
  4. Northampton Directory
  5. Sheffield Directory
  6. Sheffield Directory
  7. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 10 June 1929
  8. The Times 17 Oct 1932
  9. The Edinburgh Gazette 9 June 1939
  10. 1939 register
  11. The London Gazette 26 September 1969