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Neills claimed to be one of the largest tool manufacturing organisations in the world. I still have a hex short extention as a drift His idea is to paint the box and try to fill it to the original spec.

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The pictures below give some idea of the type and range of tools for which Britool were famous when they were in Cataloggue. If the latter was the case then it may be that it was Jenks Brothers who set up this company, it being recorded that, beforeBritool was a subsidiary of Jenks Brothers. On catqlogue left the cover of the catalogue for and, on the right, a display board of tools from that catalogue.

However there is some indication that the Jenks family had by then got control of Shaws, which they then used as their lead company.

OlderisbetterDec 5, He does have a hex to square adaptor which was an unusual fine. Here are two examples, from the catalogue, showing “merchandisers”. On the left, the cover of a catalogue from But the Curator would know nothing about that. I wonder what history is behind King Dick tools? No use to me. General Metal and Holloware. Yes, my password is: Thanks I will let him know, boxes are the difficult one He’s a bit skint too the bank of dad has just managed to buy him a ‘s Britool tool chest I will post pics tomorrow.


Well probably the best place to start is maybe get involved with this thread on garagejournal sorry it’s another forum but it’s the best I could think of to help winchman out. Your name or email address: Below are two more pages from the same catalogue.

The advert, left, dates from In Shaw’s took over the old Clyno factory in Bushbury, taking with them to the new premises Jenks Brothers and Britool. The Britool trade name is already being used but Britospan, a name that now seems to be out of catalgue, is also mentioned.


In the same entry Britool claim that “after pioneering the first full range of bihexagon ring and socket wrenches to be produced and marketed in England, the bitool rapidly gained a reputation for the manufacture of high quality engineers hand tools”.

So any ideas how we can produce the alloy badge?

The factory in Owen Road as it is today, under different ownership. Skelton in Cleveland U.

Do you already have an account? You must log in or sign up to reply here. RocketmanDec 5, There was a hex drive set at the steel works garage when i was an apprentice 55years ago and it wasn’t used as the square drive had super ceded it then.


In fact they produced an enormous range of tools, mainly spanners or wrenches. This Britool advertising mug was kindly lent to us. In Britool was bought by the international group Facom and, at some point, aroundmoved from Bushbury to Walsall Road, Cannock, where they still make a vast range of hand tools.

Note that, although they specialise in wrenches, they already claim to make “all descriptions of small tools”. Specifically the chap below actually has catalogues.


The Britool Factory in Owen Road, from an advertisement of In Britool were taken over by James Neill and therefore became “a member of the James Neill group of companies”. This is the problem with collecting you get nothing for months then a load all britoo, a sudden, he is still at school and works a Zero hours contract so works up and down for him, but considering he started out with sockets he now has a Tool chest and a fair few big spanners.

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