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Seebohm and Dieckstahl

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Seebohm and Dieckstahl of Dannamora Steel Works, Sheffield

Known for its range of special steels and for using and making known a scientific approach to steel making.

1865 Company established by Henry Seebohm and George Charles Dieckstahl opened premises in Rockingham Street, Sheffield.

Operations were afterwards transferred to Attercliffe and to Doctor's Fields in Sheffield.[1]

1869 Acquired the Dannamora Works, Sheffield; made substantial changes to convert them into a crucible steel works.

1899 Incorporated as a limited company.

Robert Schott was managing director for a short time after incorporation of the company and then retired to be succeeded by Arthur Balfour as MD.

Largely because of Balfour's awareness of American developments, his firm was one of the first two in Sheffield to develop high-speed steel in 1901.

1902 Set up as associated company, Eagle and Globe Steel Co.

1905 The company established a research laboratory

Sold considerable quantities of tool steels in USA.

1910 Established the engineers' tool department which became the largest of the company's activities.

1911 Arthur Balfour was the Master Cutler at this time. The Eagle and Globe Steel Co was allied to the parent company[2]

1914 Directory: Manufacturers of crucible cast steel for tools etc. [3]

1914 Steel manufacturers. Specialities: "Capital" high-speed and "DSW" steels, all kinds of crucible cast steel for tools etc., Siemens-Martin and Bessemer steels, hammers, saws, files, picks etc. [4]

WWI Became Arthur Balfour and Co as anti-German feelings increased

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Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of Henry Seebohm
  2. The Times, 22 November 1911
  3. Kelly's Directory of Durham, 1914 p798
  4. 1914 Whitakers Red Book