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of 49 Borough Road, London, blacking manufacturer; later a supplier of polish.
1782/3 Charles Day was born in London. Apprenticed as a barber.
Benjamin Martin, a native of Doncaster, had worked as a hairdresser for Day's father in Covent Garden.
c.1800 Day and Martin started working together. Martin's brother-in-law, an innkeeper in Doncaster, had obtained a recipe for boot blacking*.
1801 Charles Day commenced manufacture of blacking.
1801 Day and Martin formed a partnership as blacking manufacturers at 97 High Holborn. Day and Martin were among the pioneers of advertising.
1808 Day bought out Martin's interests and became sole proprietor.
1812 Premises at 97 High Holborn.
1816 The business was unsuccessful in a legal case brought against a counterfeiter of its products - Day and Martin were found to have no patent rights in their real japan blacking.
1836 Charles Day died on 26 October 1836, at 97 High Holborn, London. A court examination of his will went on until 1854; Charles Dickens made reference to such a case (believed to be this one) in the preface to Bleak House - Dickens had worked for Warrens, a rival of Day and Martin, in his younger days.
1890 The factory moved to Borough Road.
1896 Day and Martin became a limited company
1899 The company was registered on 9 February, as Day and Martin (1899) (the name being subsequently changed as above), to take over the business of blacking manufacturers of Day and Martin. 
1907 Range of more than 80 products.
1923 The directors decided to sell the business by auction
1923 A new firm, Carr and Day and Martin Ltd, was registered .
1925 Day and Martin was voluntarily wound up; there was cash in the bank and the nameplate, assets, etc. had been sold.
1945 Advert as supplier of polishes - see inset
By 1950, Carr and Day and Martin had re-designed the packaging of their entire product range.
1976 Carr and Day and Martin Ltd was acquired by Nolton Estate
Up to the 1990’s, the Carr and Day and Martin equestrian product range consisted mainly of leather care products including saddle soap, polish and oil. Further horse care products were then launched.