Advertisement from 1923. Image courtesy of Geoff Tweedale
Albert Ibbotson (1876-1948) was the son of Joseph, a file forger, and his wife, Annie. By the age of fourteen, Albert was a spoon and fork filer. In 1919, he was working in Bailey Lane and four years later advertised from Central Works as the ‘actual manufacturer’ of stainless table cutlery and electro-plate goods. His venture seems to have been short-lived. In 1925, he was again listed as a spoon and fork filer. However, by 1939 he was listed in the Register taken at the outbreak of war as a 'Traveller - Clothing Credit Trade' and was living at 1 Dovercourt Road. Albert Ibbotson, 11 Occupation Road, Hackenthorpe, died on 20 September 1948, aged 71, leaving £5,026.