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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. 
1900 Opened Footprint Works in Hollis Croft, Sheffield
1913 Advert. Hacksaws. 
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. 
1937 Electrical and mechanical instrument makers. "Domino" Hand Tools. "Footprint" Hand Tools. "Wing-Nut" Hand Tools. 
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”.