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Wilkins and Mitchell

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Vehicle chassis press for Rubery Owen, 1913, on display at Black Country Living Museum
December 1934. Servis.
April 1947.
May/November 1947.
December 1947.
September 1953. Servis

of Phoenix Works, The Green, Darlaston, South Staffordshire. Telephone: 201/202. Telegraphic Address: "Servis"

See Servis Electric Washers

1904 Company founded by Walter Samuel Wilkins and Thomas Mitchell.[1]

1917 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned Walter Samuel Wilkins, of Hall View, King's Hill, Wednesbury, in the county of Stafford, Engineer, and Thomas Mitchell, of No. 10, Avenue-road, Darlaston, in the said, county of Stafford, Engineer, carrying on business as Engineers and Machine Tool Makers, at The Green, Darlaston aforesaid, under the style or firm of WILKINS & MITCHELL, has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 29th day of August. 1917. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Walter Samuel Wilkins, who will continue the said business under the present style or firm of Wilkins and Mitchell...'[2]

1929 Designed its first washing machine.[3]

1937 British Industries Fair Advert for Servis Washer. Electric Domestic Washing Machines. "Servis" Electric Ironers. New "Servis" Cabinet Model. (Electricity: Industrial and Domestic Section - Stand No. Cb.719) [4]

1943 Incorporated as a Private Limited Company.[1]

1950 Patent - Improvements in bolsters of power presses. [5]

1951 Patent - Press guards. [6]

1958 Converted to a Public Limited Company. Managed by John Charles Wilkins and his four sons.[7]

1973 Received an order for 23 heavy power presses from British Leyland for various of its production plants.[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Times, November 3, 1958
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:11 September 1917 Issue:30278 Page:9392
  3. [1] Servis Website
  4. 1937 British Industries Fair Advert p589; and p434
  5. [2] Wikipatents
  6. [3] Wikipatents
  7. Birmingham Daily Post - Monday 03 November 1958
  8. The Times Oct. 3, 1973