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O. C. Hawkes

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Dec 1921.

of Globe Works, Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham.

1859 Company started by John Hawkes.

1870 Taken over by his brother Obed Charles Hawkes.

1880-1920 One of the principal Birmingham glass works specialising in mirror glass.

1896 Incorporated as a limited company and amalgamated with Samuel Evans and Sons, Smethwick. The company was registered on 9 October, to acquire the businesses of wholesale and retail looking glass manufacturer, and of Birmingham Plate Glass Insurance Co, carried on by O. C. Hawkes. [1]

1914 Electrical engineers, manufacturers of looking glasses, leaded lights, show cases, show cards and glass tablets, patent electric stoves and patent day and night electric signs, patent XL vacuum cleaners, silverers by electro-coppered process, embossers. Specialities: XL porcelain finish to wood for all bathroom and lavatory requisites, glass bevelling, bending, embossing and engraving, painting and staining on glass, polished plated for motor bodies, windshields etc. with polished edges, patent plate, rough, rolled and wired glass, Hawke's patent crystalline glass, sand blasting, opal letters, patent flaps for ventilating, viewing and speaking purposes, view reflectors, reflector signs for crossroads and dangerous corners, wrought iron and patent ratchet casements, collapsible gates etc. Employees 1,000. [2]

1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Looking Glasses; Wood Mantlepieces; Bedsteads; X. L. Porcelain-finish Hygienic Furniture for Hospitals, Bathrooms, Lavatories, etc; Mirrors, Shaving Sets, Clocks, Candlesticks, wood and metal. (Stand No. C.7) [3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1922 British Industries Fair p36
  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0