Later, I found a No. 80 scraper:
Recently, I found a scraper file made by the same firm:
The Skarsten Manufacturing Company was started in 1934 by Anders Rasmussen Skarsten, who emigrated to Britain from Norway. An entry in the London Gazette of that year indicates that his company produced "chrome plated castors and hardware specialities." In 1937, he patented a paint scraper in the U.K., and a year later in Canada:
This became the company's primary product.
The company eventually added awlscrews (a combination screwdriver and brad awl--I'd love to have one!) and then plastic letter plates, with most production being exported.
Although the scraper above is stamped "London," the company was always headquartered to the north of the capitol in Welwyn Garden City, founded in 1920 as one of Sir Ebenezer Howard's planned cities which was intended to combine the benefits of city and country with the disadvantages of neither. As an aside, one of the city's attractions is an old Roman bath, preserved in a steel vault underneath the A1(M) Motorway. The city warns, "You can't take a hot bath any more - the boiler went out about 1,800 years ago when the Romans left!"
|Welwyn Garden City. The Official Handbook. 1962.|