Orme, Evans & Co. Ltd.

Orme, Evans & Co. Ltd.

In 1864, two brothers called Alfred and Thomas Orme, established a japanning and enamelling company in Wolverhampton, under the name of Orme Brothers.

At this time japanning was a very popular lacquering technique which was meant to imitate the lacquer traditionally produced in Japan. Orme Brothers initially specialised in the production of of japanned tea-trays though they quickly moved on to enamelled hollow-ware, including kitchen utensils, dinner services, trunks, iron sinks and bicycle gear cases.

In 1878 Bernard Evans joined the company and the name changed to Orme, Evans & Co. The business became a limited company in 1899.

At the turn of the century, Orme, Evans & Co Ltd. was well-established and making a wide range of goods in a wide range of materials and finishes. In 1914 the company was also producing radiators and motor parts and had a total workforce of 800.

Orme, Evans & Co Ltd. was acquired by the Brockhouse Group sometime during the Second World War. It seems that the company continued, with its own identity maintained, within the organisation. Exactly why and when Orme, Evans stopped tading or, at least, lost its separate identity is not known.