Wilson & Matheson

Wilson & Matheson

Wilson, Matheson & Co. was a clothing manufacturer and wholesaler in Glasgow.

The company was at its peak in the 1870s when it specialised in producing clothing and travel accessories for customers travelling to the British colonies. This was a time when the British Empire was expanding rapidly and the African and Asian colonies attracted tens of thousands of Scottish administrators, engineers and merchants.

The company had a huge five-storey warehouse at 44 Glassford Street in Glasgow which stocked everything for the would be traveller. There was a wide range of portmanteaus, trunks and luggage accessories. Furniture items included portable desks and dressing cases, and air beds. Clothing items included tropical helmets, waterproof coats, walking boots and “hats made from every imaginable sort of material, and suitable for all climates.”

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