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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 , 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
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.