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Dec 1921.
Dec 1921.
1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.
November 1946.

of 25-37 Hackney Road Works, London, EC2. Telephone: Bishopsgate 1531-32. Cables: "Symmetry, London". Also at Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

1869 Company established.

1907 Incorporated as a limited company 5 April.

1914 Manufacturers of stay busks, bodice steels, hose supporters and tailors' and other tape measures. Specialities: "H. W. Velvet Grip" hose supporters and Boston garters, "Hovens Clip" hose supporters, Gair's blouse and skirt grips, Dean's tailors' tape measures, Bedington's surveyors and builders' tape measures. [1]

1929 Advert for The 'Boston Garter' for Men's Wear. Also Stocking Supporters, 'Betty' Garters and Tape Measures. Manufacturers of Men's Garters and Sleeve supporters; Women's and children's Stocking supporters; Dressmakers, Tailors' and Surveyors' Measuring Tapes; Infants Nursery Boots and Shoes; Shoe Trees and Metal Smallwares, etc. (Textiles and Clothing Section - Stand No. S.60) [2]

1964 Patent - Electroplating test equipment.

1972 Patent - Buckle for use with safety belts and harnesses such as are used on road vehicles and aircraft.

1974 Patent - Safety belt buckle.

1986 Owned by Ofrex. Sold the assets of the Dean Tape Measures division to Rabone Chesterman[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 206 and p83
  3. The Times, March 12, 1986
  • [1] Powder Metal Web
  • [2] Wikipatents
  • [3] Ditto