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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)

1849 Thomas Ellin and Co steel and cutlery manufacturer. [1]

1875 Footprint have been based in Sheffield since 1875, when Thomas R. Ellin set up an engineering company, manufacturing a hand tool that he adapted from a simple implement made by a Sheffield hand grinder. This was to become the world-renowned Footprint wrench. Over 20 million of these have now been sold worldwide and are still being manufactured today.

These beginnings paved the way for Footprint Tools to become one of the largest family owned, hand tool manufacturers in the UK. Footprint Tools, owned by the Jewitt family since 1948 are currently in their fourth generation of family members to work there.

1894 New Tube Cutter. [2]

1913 Advert. Hacksaws. [3]

1917 Advert. Tool specialists. Connected with Crampton Brothers. [4]

1919 Advert. Tool specialists. Connected with Crampton Brothers. [5]

1927 Advert. Tool specialists. Connected with Crampton Brothers. [6]

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. [7]

1937 Electrical and mechanical instrument makers. "Domino" Hand Tools. "Footprint" Hand Tools. "Wing-Nut" Hand Tools. [8]

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Thomas Flinn and Co Web Site
  1. History and Directory of Birmingham, 1849
  2. The Engineer 1894/10/05 p299
  3. Mechanical World Year Book 1913. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p25
  4. Mechanical World Year Book 1917. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p93
  5. Mechanical World Year Book 1919. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p133
  6. Mechanical World Year Book 1927. Published by Emmott and Co of Manchester. Advert p75
  7. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p619; and p359
  8. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries