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Ellins of Footprint Works, Sheffield.
of Hollis Croft, Sheffield, 1. Telephone: Sheffield 22171. Telegraphic Address: "Footprint, Sheffield". (1937)
1849 Thomas Ellin and Co steel and cutlery manufacturer. 
1875 Footprint have been based in Sheffield since 1875, when Thomas R. Ellin set up an engineering company, manufacturing a hand tool that he adapted from a simple implement made by a Sheffield hand grinder. This was to become the world-renowned Footprint wrench. Over 20 million of these have now been sold worldwide and are still being manufactured today.
These beginnings paved the way for Footprint Tools to become one of the largest family owned, hand tool manufacturers in the UK. Footprint Tools, owned by the Jewitt family since 1948 are currently in their fourth generation of family members to work there.
1894 New Tube Cutter. 
1913 Advert. Hacksaws. 
1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Footprint Tools for All Trades. Wrenches; Spanners, Clamps; Pincers; Engineers' Tools; etc; etc. Hacksaw Frames, Pliers, Nippers, Tinsnips, Cutters, Hatchets, Turnscrews, Soldering Irons, Chisels, Punches, Tube-Vices, Pipe-clamps, ~Gimlets, Benders, Scrapers, Putty Knives, Painters', Plumbers', Engineers', and Motor Tools. Wheel Braces. (Engineering/Metals/Quarry, Roads and Mining/Transport Section - Stand No. A.718). Of Hollis Croft, Sheffield. 
1937 Electrical and mechanical instrument makers. "Domino" Hand Tools. "Footprint" Hand Tools. "Wing-Nut" Hand Tools.