spconnolly007, on 22 November 2011 - 03:11 PM, said:
Thanks Andrew, quick post as im off to make some Brodie split pins, I mean work
. LS, Leadbetter & Scott, Sheffield. Looks like they wrapped up in 1919, but like there neighbour Miris, were producing cutlery before doing their bit for the war effort. A line of inquiry me thinks. MLS though? Sean http://www.google.co...ZBN7asVWIFaggnQ
Took me a while to bottom this as the link you've posted won't work for me, however Leadbetter should read Leadbeater & Scott. This is a very early firm in the Sheffield metal working scene as far as I can determine and a name like Lead-beater only emphasizes the point. I can only find one piece of commentary on the firm so far, which I reproduce below. A possible spanner concerns the way the writer can only get the firm to 1911. The L&S trademark was a capital letter 'L' with a capital letter 'S' entwined with it. This is what I found:
Though listed, primarily, as steel manufacturers, ads for Leadbeater
& Scott indicate that they also manufacturerd files, saws, hammers,
engineering tools, etc. At this point in time, I have these working
LEADBEATER & SCOTT Sheffield 1876 - 1911
St. Mary's Works, Penistone Road [1876 - 1901]
National Steel Works, Penistone Road [1905 - 1911]
Their 1876 ad states that they were established in 1846, but I've
found no listings for Leadbeater & Scott as late as 1862. So, the
1846 date must refer to a preceding firm of a different name.
Leadbeater & Scott appear to have been established some time
between 1862 and 1876. Also, as usual, the 1911 date simply
refers to the latest directory available to me.
Further to the above, thanks to the Sheffield Forum I can confirm L&S were in business throughout both world war's as they appear in a trade directory for 1968. It's suggested they closed shortly thereafter.
That entry read: