Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Vanished Tool Makers: Cooper & Sons Ltd., Sheffield, England

Above, a ratcheting screwdriver I found in a thrift store recently.  Other than that the shank was bent and rusty and the ferrule a little crushed, it was in fine shape, and the ratchet selector works just as well as when it was first made.  It's now straightened up, cleaned up, oiled up and ready to be put back to work. Below, the same tool in a 1939 advertisement:

There's not a whole lot of information about this company on the web.  They go back to at least the 1930's, producing tools at their "Fuluse Works":

Below, their brand name on a vintage rose bit in my collection:

Also, a hacksaw frame as a later offering from the firm:

Below, a 1951 ad:

Cooper & Sons also made razors under the Fuluse brand name at their Lockfast Works, also on Hermitage Street in Sheffield.  It was presumably for this product that the company was bought by the knife-making firm of Joseph Rogers & Sons in the mid-1960's.  The two firms were combined at a location at St. Mary's Gate. Through various mergers, Rogers itself was acquired by Richards, which filed for bankruptcy in 1985.   I expect that the tool-making business ended much sooner than this.

1 comment:

sixtynine69 said...


I have a Shave Hook (paint scraper), my father bought in Australia. It must have been in the 1980's. Very heavily made, the timber handle is ferruled and held on with end of the steel forged over to keep it place. Just looking to see if Coopers is still going, I ended up here to find it had closed (sadly).
We have the centre one as shown below.