Somewhere I picked up this old pair of duckbill pliers made by P.S. Stubbs. Peter Stubbs started making files in 1777, but a year later bought the White Bear Inn where he acted as innkeeper, brewer and malt maker. In 1803, he left inn-keeping to focus on the tool business, particularly file-making.
After his death in 1806, his sons carried on. The company remained family-owned until the 1960's when it was purchased by James Neill Holdings Limited. The name was used as one of their file brands (along with John Bedford & Sons), but is no longer offered by their successor, Spear & Jackson.
For more information, visit the Davistown Museum.
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