- Mappin & Webb
Mappin & Webb is a company originally founded in Sheffield, England. The company is a noted firm of Silversmiths and formerly cutlery manufactures with roots back to 1774 when Joseph Mappin (snr) founded the firm. The company is now a retail jeweller, and Royal Warrant holder.
Arundel & Mappin
The firm was started by Joseph Mappin, in 1810, with a partner, Mr Arundel. They registered a trademark a "Sun" in 1812 and were trading from premises in Norfolk street and Mulberry street. His eldest son Frederick Thorpe Mappin (1821-1910) joined at the age of 13 as an apprentice. He then ran the business following his father's death in 1841. His brothers Edward, Joseph Charles and John Newton joined the firm later. The business grew, taking over William Sampson & Sons in 1845 and he also bought a London shop, to sell direct, and later, in 1856, a warehouse. He expanded trade with overseas trips, and setting up agencies in markets such as Canada and Australia. The firm was renamed as 'Mappin Bros.' in 1851. By 1851, he became the youngest ever Master Cutler. By 1852, he opened a new factory on Flat Street, next door to Rodgers' Norfolk street works (now the site of the old Head Post Office), but after a dispute, in 1859, with his younger brother, he left the firm, which later became part of Mappin and Webb.
Frederick Mappin then became a partner in the Thos. Turton & Sons steelworks and implemented mechanisation of the processes, despite a strike by employees. He became a successful industrialist and later a politician. In 1854 he was elected to Sheffield Town Council as a Liberal, stepping down in 1857. In the 1860s, Mappin became a director of the Sheffield Gas and Light Company, and of the Midland Railway. In 1885 he supported the formation of the University of Sheffield, and was created its first Pro-Chancellor. The University's Sir Frederick Mappin Building is named after him. He was knighted in 1886, Sir Frederick Mappin, 1st Baronet. When he died in 1910 he left nearly £1 million.
Mappin & Webb
John Newton Mappin started an electroplating and cutlery firm which by 1868 was called Mappin & Webb. The firm was started with his brother-in-law George Webb. The firm prospered but the old family firm of Mappin Bros. had started to decline, as by 1863 the firm was reported as only employing 200 in a local trade review. By the 1880s the Mappin Bros. firm had been sold to a Belfast jeweller, and then sold to Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. of London. But in contrast Mappin and Webb run by Newton Mappin was thriving with a large showroom on Norfolk street, displaying the Silverware and electroplate. By 1897 the company was granted a Royal Warrant. Today Mappin & Webb is silversmith to both Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to the Prince of Wales Prince Charles. In 1899 the Sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger was apprenticed to the firm as a metal engraver. Newton Mappin bought the family firm back in 1903.
Modern day firm
The firm was taken over by Asprey & Co. in the 1980s, but was sold later. The company is now a brand owned by the Jewellers Goldsmiths group.
- The Sheffield Knife Book, by G. Tweedale, Hallamshire Press, ISBN 1-874718-11-3
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- ^ http://www.mappin-and-webb.co.uk/ourhistory.html
Companies and former companies based in Sheffield, England (or with a significant presence) Modern manufacturing and
distribution companiesAncon Clark • Wilson Benesch • Berkart • Henry Boot • Bramah Engineering • Catterly Laser Cutting Co. • Corus Group • Davey Markham • JF Finnigans • Firth Rixson • Fletchers Bakery • Sheffield Forgemasters Company • M J Gleeson Group Plc • Hendersons (Sheffield) Ltd • Kelham Island Brewery) • Land Pyrometers • Arnold Laver • Northern Foods • Outokumpu formerly (Avesta Polarit)t/o / BSC Stainlesst/o • ROM Reinforcement • Ronseal Paints • SIG plc • Tinsley Bridge • Wincro Metals
Modern retail and
Traditional heavy industry
(steel and engineering)BOC t/o • British Steel t/o • British Steel Corporation p • Brown Bayley Steels • Newton, Chambers & Company • NCK-Rapier • Cammell t/o • Coopers (Fastners) • Chesterfield Cylinders • Cravens • Daniel Doncasters Ltd • Davey McKeet/o Davey Lowevyt/o Trafalgar House Engineering t/o • Edgar Allen & Company t/o • English Steel Corporationn • Firth Brown Steelsn • Firth Vickers • Laycockst/o • Samuel • Sheffield Forgemasters • Thomas Ward • Tinsley Wire Industries Ltd (TWIL) t/o • Sanderson Kayser •
Cutlers - silversmiths
- surgical instrumentsArthur Price • B.Braun-Downs Surgicalt/o • Richard Carr (Silversmiths) • James Dixon & Co. • Durham Duplex • Harrison Bros & Howson • Hutton • Mappin and Webb t/o • Martin Hall • Needham, Veall & Tyzack • Joseph Rodgers • Swann Morton • Surmanco • Skidmore • Taylors Eye-Witness Ltd • Thornton (Impants) • Vinerst/o • Walker & Hallt/o • Thomas Wostenholm
Tool manufacturersDormer (Tools)r • Footprint Tools • Henry Taylor Tools • Neepsend • Stanley Tools (Sheffield)r
• Atkinsons (Saws) • Easterbrook Allcard & Company • G & J Hall • Ketona (Shears) • Joseph Marples • Moore & Wright • James Neil (Tools) • Niloc • Osborne Mushett • Paddley & Venables • Record Ridgeway • Rabone Chesterman • Shardlows • The Sheffield Twist Drill Company • Spear & Jackson • Thomas Turner & Co.(Files & Knifes) • Tyzacks Sons & Turner(Saws) • Thomas Flinn & Co. • Standall Tools • Steadfast (Tools) • Tyzack Machine Knives
Sheffield based companies
DefunctEnglish Steel Corporation • Samuel Fox and Company • Hadfields Limited • Samuel Osborn & Company • Jessop Saville & Company • Sheffield Coal Company • Simplex Cars • Steel, Peech and Tozer • United Steel Companies • Vickers Limited Vicker, Son & Maxim • William Jessop & Sons • Yorkshire Engine Company See also t/o - Taken over, n - Nationalised, p - Privatised, a - Active, d - Defunct, h - High tech, e - E-Commerce, f - Financial services r - Relocated
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