Biographical Account: Joseph Westby was the son of a manager at Brookes and Crookes, the company where he completed his apprenticeship and worked until 1888. After a short partnership with Charles Levick, which ended in 1894, he set up as Joseph Westby & Co Ltd. at Congo Works Trippet Lane. This company was declared insolvent in 1896, but Westby did continue to trade under his name. By 1913 he was listed as a manufacturer of pen and pocket knives in the Times Buildings, Bow Street/Trippet Lane. Westby died in 1929, and the name was not used again until during the Second World War, when the company was based in Furnival Street.