Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dalton, Barton & Co. Ltd.

Dalton, Barton & Co. was a textile manufacturing company established in 1851 at Mason Road, Foleshill near Coventry by two ribbon weavers named Dalton and Barton. The company produced silks, velvets, trimmings, cloths and carpets. Daltons also manufactured a material called moquette that was used for the upholstery in railway carriages and ships' cabins. Dalton, Barton & Co. became a limited company in 1872.

After the First World War, Daltons began to specialize in the manufacturing of military uniform accoutrements such as medal ribbons, sergeants' stripes and sashes, and rank braid.

In 1962, Dalton, Barton & Co. Ltd. became the Wydean Weaving Company Ltd. and continued to specialize in uniform accoutrements. The company's current product range covers almost every item of textile uniform accoutrement, worn by defense and police forces worldwide. Wydean Weaving Co. Ltd. has also provided uniform accoutrements for royalty (Prince Andrew and Princess Anne), and costumes for a number of Hollywood movie actors. One of the company's more unusual products has been false eyebrows made for camels of the Jordan Army Cavalry, the purpose of which was to repel mosquitoes.

by Mark Matlach

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