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1956. Sophos Crested Cuff Links.
November 1963. Sophos Crested Cuff Links and Tankards

of Empire Works, Great Charles Street, Birmingham

1886 The company was founded (presumably by Thomas Barrett Lambourne), to produce Spats, Rigid Braces, Buttons and Studs for the gentry. Initially had premises in Granville Street and Great Western Buildings, Livery Street.

1904 Thomas Barrett died; presumably his son Horatio Thomas Barrett Lambourne continued the business.

1911 Moved to premises in Great Charles Street, Birmingham.

1922 British Industries Fair Advert for Hosiers' Jewellery and Sundries - Sock Suspenders, Garters, Armlets, Brace Ends, Tie Frames, Studs, Links, Tie Pins, Collar Pins, Advertising Novelties, Stamped and Pressed Metal Smallwares. (Stand No. E.40) [1]

In 1932 the company moved to the Great Hampton Works in Great Hampton Row, Birmingham.

1935 Sale of the collar-support section of the Lambourne business to Cascelloid followed by legal disputes over the sale.[2]

Over the next few years the range of products were increased to include Cuff Links, Collar Studs, Tie Slides, Armbands, Belts, Braces, Garters, Sock Suspenders and Leather Goods.

The company expanded to include additional premises in Leominster but continued to be owned and run by the Lambourne family.

1981 The Great Hampton Works were sold to become part of the Arnold Wills Group.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1922 British Industries Fair Advert cxxxvi; and p46
  2. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Friday 05 July 1935