From the moment Albyn Works opened its doors in 1875 it’s been an inspiring place to run a business. We’re proud of our Sheffield heritage and our unique story. Here’s how it all began…
GIVE IT SOME ELBOW GREASE
A certain Joseph Pickering, the son of a Sheffield silversmith, built Albyn Works in the mid-1800s when his current building was damaged in the Great Sheffield Flood. He made various polishing pastes for the burgeoning cutlery trade, but it was the launch of the famous Blanco polish for the military that put Albyn Works on the map. Delving deep into Sheffield Libraries archives, we’ve found Blanco described as:
“A preparation for whitening military equipments, tennis and
cricket shoes, white helmets, hunting gear, breeches, gloves, whip thongs,
girths and all articles of buff or buckskin leather.”
Not your average working man’s accoutrement!