English Braces


The History of Industrial Development and Toolmaking in UK


"In England the name 'Sheffield' has long been synonymous with fine-quality steel, no more so than in the early nineteenth century when the town, though seeming to possess few advantages for the manufacture of steel, virtually monopolized the industry in Europe.

In contrast, the United States before 1860 was still in the age of wood and iron, relying almost exclusively on England for supplies of cast steel.  No better example illustrates the Anglo-American relationship termed the Atlantic economy."

Geoffrey Tweedale,
Sheffield Steel and America:
A Century of Commercial and
Technological Interdependence,
(Cambridge, 1987).

Toolmakers and Tools

Major Steelmakers

Key Personalities of Industrial Revolution in UK



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Ibbotson Brothers
Globe Works

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers

2nd Edition

The early history of Globe Works was intertwined with the Ibbotson family.  This was a relatively common name in Sheffield, so untangling the history of the factory is difficult.
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