Adjustable Spanners

July 20, 2010

Easterbrook, Allcard Co Ltd, Sheffield

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In 1843 a young Sheffield mechanic named John Easterbrook began working for himself. By 1852 he had entered into a partnership and traded as the firm of Easterbrook & Scatchard working as toolmakers and machinists in Suffolk Road. Two years later the firm was known as Easterbrook, Scatchard & Drury, and at its Albert Works in Suffolk Road was making ratchet braces, hammers, spanners, screw stocks, taps and dies, lathes and all kinds of tools made to order.

Around 1858 the name changed yet again to Easterbrook and Allcard with premises in both Leadmill Road as well as Suffolk Road. In the following years the business expanded its range of products significantly, not least into making railway tools in addition to existing markets.

The business became a limited company Easterbrook Allcard & Co Ltd in October 1897 with Harry Allcard, James Allcard’s son, becoming chairman.

By the time of James Allcard’s death the once small enterprise had become a substantial concern with fine offices, a number of turning shops, an erecting shop and a number of smithies. Contracts for the firm’s output had been obtained from such prominent clients as the British Admiralty, the War Office, the India Office, railways both at home and abroad, and even the German Navy was buying Easterbrook Allcard tools. And what tools. Made for engineers, boiler makers, smiths, ship builders and plate layers the range of tools now produced was truly
astonishing. The firm’s 26th catalogue published in 1900 lists around 200 different hand tools being
offered for sale in addition to the company’s machine tools.

They used the name PRESTO as a trademark and later the company became Presto International Limited

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