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J. J. Cordes and Co

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Dos Nail Works.

of Dos Works, Newport, Mons., makers of nails and wrought iron bars and billets

c.1857 The Dos works was the first large local factory in Newport. It was founded by James Jamieson Cordes [1], who was of Spanish-American origin and later became a British citizen. The works were called ‘Dos’ (Spanish for the number two) as it was the second plant he opened.

1883 Dissolution of the Partnership between Thomas Cordes, Francis Henry Mitchel], John Edward Lee, Frank Johnstone Mitchell, Robert Wallace Hamilton, and Edward Arthur Lee, in the trade or business of Nail, Spike, and Rivet Merchants and Manufacturers, carried on at the Dos Works, Newport, in the county of Monmouth, under the firm and style of J. J. Cordes and Co., so far as relates to the said Francis Henry Mitchell and Robert Wallace Hamilton. The business was to be carried on by J. J. Cordes and Co. Limited[2]

1892 Reduction in capital

1903 The firm of J. J. Cordes Ltd went into liquidation. Its assets were acquired by the Cordes (Dos Works) Ltd.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'The Ewbank Nail' by Christopher How and Miles Lewis
  2. London Gazette 20 Nov 1883
  • GGAT 130: The Sinews of War: South East Wales Industry and The First World War, 2015, by Johnny Crawford