Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,937 pages of information and 233,602 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
John Nowill and Sons, cutlery manufacturer, of Meadow Street, Sheffield
of 135 Scotland Street, Sheffield. Telephone: Sheffield 25894. Cables: "Nowills, Sheffield"
1700 Thomas Nowill established his business and registered his trade mark, the ‘D’ star and cross-keys.
1708 His son William Nowill became a partner
1784 David Nowill (son), succeeded to the partnership
1785 Thomas Nowill, Junior (son) became a partner
1833 William and John Nowill, of 7 Meadow Street, Sheffield, were manufacturers of table, pen, pocket, and silver fruit and dessert knives
1836 John Nowill, Senior succeeded to the partnership
Later principals were:
John Nowill and William Nowill (his son), who took for his mark Crossed Keys
1900 After the death of John Nowill, the firm was in the hands of the older sons of the partners Charles Richard Nowill, Frank Nowill, Ernest Nowill, Arnold Willis Nowill.
By 1914 the principals were Ernest Nowill, Bradley Nowill, John S. Nowill, Frederick William Nowill.
1914 Manufacturers of pen, pocket and sporting knives, scissors, razors, table cutlery, sterling silver and electro-plate, razor strops, home barber's "Gripper" cartridge knives, regulating screw scissors, buttonhole and cutting-out scissors, ladies' scissors, secateurs, pruning scissors, lamp scissors, tailors' scissors, shears, pocket cutlery, ladies' and gentlemen's fitted cases, fitted canteens, fish knives and forks, electro-plated and nickel silver spoons and forks. Employees 300. 
1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Pen and Pocket Knives, Scissors, Razors, Table Cutlery, Spoons and Forks, Fish Eaters, Fruit Knives and Forks, Secateurs, Budding, Pruning Knives, Safety Razor Blades, and every description of cased goods. (Stand No. J.8)