Jack-My friend, Steve Billard and his father Harry Billard both worked at Stephenson and Wilson. They worked for the owner of that company, but I don't know the name of that gentleman (and would be interested to know if you have any insight). Harry Billard had the firm bring in American style blanking machines not long after the company started in the 1940's and they mostly made cheap and cheerful advert knives, as well as some of the Army clasp knives marked Wade and Butcher and the lock back all stainless Army knife for Engineering Control Systems back in 2000.
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Thanks for the extra pics I had thought it most looked like wood in your previous pics, but checkered buffalo horn can look similar, and was used in that period. Nice knife
I'm in the process of uploading some more photos of the TEW factory
I think that would have been Derek Stephenson my friend The firm was bought by Arthur Price in 1979. Your pal's name rings a bell, does he make knives for Eggington's now by any chance, perhaps I am confusing him with someone else?
Arthur Price's involvement in Stephenson & Wilson is a coincidence, considering what we were just discussing. Price was involved in a big public row with Ruben Viner in the late 70's, over Viner's importing cheap foreign cutlery.
The carved stone on the corner of the building is one of the stones taken from the nearby debtor's prison, when it was demolished sometime before the Eye Witness Works was built. It appears to have originally come from a cell wall at the jail. There's a thread about it somewhere
There are a couple of old TEW catalogues, which you can download from the TEW website, though one of them is incorrectly dated, and if you search online, you should be able to find other information about the old factory
The photos are no longer hosted, but here's a link to an old thread about the TEW cornerstone
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