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of Manor Works, Sheffield. Telephone: Sheffield 20512. Cables: "Steadfast". (1929)
Ditto Address. Telephone: Sheffield 22283. Cables: "Steadfast, Sheffield". (1947)
Founded by John Arthur Stead possibly known as 'Jack'
formerly John A. Stead
1919 Advert for 'Songster Needles' - no address.
1919 J. Stead & Co. wire manufacturers, hackle and gill pin manufacturers, Manor Works, Cricket Inn Road
1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Gramophone Needles, Mainsprings, Governor Springs and Sound Boxes. (Stand No. MM.20) 
1947 British Industries Fair Advert for: "Songster" Gramophone Products (Needles and Soundboxes); "Vulcan" Mainsprings for Clocks and Gramophones; Industrial Springs; Industrial and Textile Pins; "Stead" Screwdrivers; High Speed and Carbon Steel Drill Bars. Also as Specialists in Meter and Clock Spindles, etc. (Music and Radio Section - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand Np. C. 1546) 
c1849 Commenced making tools - see advert
c1960 Added 'Darwin Tools Division' to the name.
1966 Patent - Improvements in or relating to screwdrivers. 
1967 Patent - Improvements in or relating to sliding-blade knife tools. 
c1983/4 Went into liquidation and was bought by Richard H. Green.
Became Steadfast Tools.