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1816 John Evans was listed as a toy and Japan manufacturer in Dudley Road, Wolverhampton
By 1827 he and his stepson Sidney Cartwright were in business together as toy manufacturers, factors and wood turners.
1842 Sidney Cartwright took over the business but it was in decline, due partly to the general depression, and also to the Americans stopping imports of English toys, having started to manufacture their own. The work force had shrunk to 60.
1870s/80s the firm went out of business