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Smith and Grace of Nene Side Iron Works, Thrapston, near Kettering, maker of agricultural machinery
1861 Dissolution of the Partnership between Nathaniel Smith and Robert Smith, as Engineers and Agricultural Implement Manufacturers, at the Nene Side Iron Works, Thrapston, in the county of Northampton, under the firm of Smith Brothers. All debts received and paid by Nathaniel Smith.
Nathaniel Smith founded his business in Thrapston to produce agricultural implements.
Later his sons were brought into the business. At some point Theodore Grace became a partner.
1867 Won a prize for a grinding machine at the Royal Agricultural Society's meeting
1868. Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, Nathaniel Smith and Theodore Grace, of Thrapstone, in the county of Northampton, Engineers, Iron and Brass Founders, and Agricultural Implement Makers, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent...'
1869 Patent. '1702. And to Nathaniel Smith, George Smith, and Edwin Smith, all of Thrapston, in the county of Northampton, for the invention of "improvements in the mode of cutting, and skiving leather and other materials, and in means or apparatus employed therein."'
1870 Highly commended for hand-powered chaff cutter at the Royal Agricultural Society's meeting.
1885 The firm decided to devote all its attention to the power transmission side of its business, and to give up the manufacture of farm implements.
1886 Smith and Grace were awarded a medal for Smith's patent convertible belt pulley at the Royal Agricultural Society's meeting in Norwich; this system allowed one pulley to fit different size shafts
1893 Partnership change. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned Nathaniel Smith, George Smith, and Edwin Smith, now carrying on business at Thrapston, in the county of Northampton, under the style or firm of Smith and Grace, as Engineers, Iron and Brass Founders, and Agricultural Implement Makers, was, on the 25th day of January instant, dissolved, by mutual consent, so far as relates to the said Nathaniel Smith only, who retires therefrom...'
1894 Edwin Smith took charge of the London part of the business
1900 Issued catalogue of Smith's patents for transmission of power. Contains details on pulleys, screw bushes, gear wheels, shafting, collars, couplings, plummer blocks, hangers, wall boxes and lubricators. Listed as Smith and Grace of Screw Boss Pulley Company of Thrapston.
1897 Smith and Grace were listed as advertiser in Engineering
1897 The firm seems to have taken the name Smith and Grace Screw Boss Pulley Co. A limited liability company was formed, and the principal production of the firm - the screw boss pulley - was greatly developed. The Thrapston industrial vee flat drive was also introduced.