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Thomas Nowill & Co
Dates: British
Biographical Account: Records from the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire give us detailed information about this firm. The Nowill family have a long history in Sheffield's cutlery industry, beginning with Thomas Nowill who became a Freeman in 1700 after ten years as an apprentice. This meant he was able to register his own mark and employ apprentices. His brother, William, became a Freeman in 1708. Joseph Nowill was Master Cutler from 1788-1789. The company Nowill & Kippax was founded by his son, Thomas (1747-1825). Thomas Nowill & Co was founded by Thomas (1758-1836), son of David Nowill. The firm John Nowill & Sons was founded by John Nowill (1788-1850), who became a Freeman in 1812.  
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