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John J. Bowater

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of West Bromwich, Staffs.

1856 Company established.

1914 Paint and varnish manufacturer. Specialities: varnishes, paints and japans, enamels (air drying and stoving), "Japolin" white decorative enamel and "Sphinx" lead white in oil. [1]

1937 Synthetic and cellulose paints. "Sphinx" Paints and Varnishes. [2]

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