1917

On 13th January, they won another order for horse shoe boxes, this time for 26,000. Also, having lost out at least three previous occasions, four days later they were awarded an Army contract for 600 ‘entrenching’ wheelbarrows[1], presumably with wheels[2].

The firm were hopeful of obtaining a contract for making a new type of aeroplane propeller consisting of alternate lamina of walnut and mahogany instead of all mahogany. Whilst there is no evidence from any of the existing company records of them manufacturing propellers, there may well have produced a batch.

The firm continued to be seen by those dealing with the tendering process as expensive; even when they lowered their original quote for several 4.5in. shell boxes down to 4s. 6d. each, the person dealing with the tender “didn’t think that 4s. 6d. was much use to them” denoting that they were still too expensive[3]: they didn’t win the contract. They had better luck in winning an order for mechanic’s tool boxes from the Director General of Military Aeronautics, although initially their tender was rejected, the decision was reversed two weeks later.


References:

  1. Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office ref: DE2121/75.
  2. At least one of the previous tenders was for ‘interlacing’ wheelbarrows without wheels.
  3. Privately held records.