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Thomas R. Ellin

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‎‎Ellins of Footprint Works, Sheffield.

of Hollis Croft, Sheffield, 1. Telephone: Sheffield 22171. Telegraphic Address: "Footprint, Sheffield". (1937)

1875 Thomas Richardson Ellin developed a new hand tool in Sheffield, which he adapted from a simple implement made by a Sheffield hand grinder.

1888 Thomas R. Ellin publicised his range of pressed steel hand tools

1889 Registered a number of designs of products and patents some of them, in particular the Footprint wrench and Footprint adjustable spanners.

He set up an engineering company, manufacturing his hand tools . This was to become a world-renowned brand. Over 20 million of these have now been sold worldwide and are still being manufactured today.

1894 New Tube Cutter. [1]

1900 Opened Footprint Works in Hollis Croft, Sheffield

1913 Advert. Hacksaws. [2]

1917 Advert. Tool specialists. Connected with Crampton Brothers. [3]

1919 Advert. Tool specialists. Connected with Crampton Brothers. [4]

1927 Advert. Tool specialists. Connected with Crampton Brothers. [5]

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Footprint Tools for All Trades. Wrenches; Spanners, Clamps; Pincers; Engineers' Tools; etc; etc. Hacksaw Frames, Pliers, Nippers, Tinsnips, Cutters, Hatchets, Turnscrews, Soldering Irons, Chisels, Punches, Tube-Vices, Pipe-clamps, ~Gimlets, Benders, Scrapers, Putty Knives, Painters', Plumbers', Engineers', and Motor Tools. Wheel Braces. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. A.718). Of Hollis Croft, Sheffield. [6]

1937 Electrical and mechanical instrument makers. "Domino" Hand Tools. "Footprint" Hand Tools. "Wing-Nut" Hand Tools. [7]

1948 Acquired by John J Jewitt Snr and run independently of Alfred Ridge by his son John J Jewitt.

1968 All the companies owned by the Jewitt family were merged into one and the name was changed to Footprint Tools Limited, trading under the brand “Footprint”.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1894/10/05 p299
  2. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p25
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p93
  4. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p133
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p75
  6. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p619; and p359
  7. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  • [1] Footprint Tools