WHERE IT ALL STARTED
Brushmaking workshop SD Page & Sons was established
THE HAMILTON NAME
Hamiltons of London founded
CHALLENGES AND SUCCESS
Despite several fires destroying the factory, the introduction of machines allowed the business to expand.
THE IMPACT OF WAR
Thanks to their modern production methods, both Pages and Hamiltons were involved in war work, with Hamiltons delivering 50-60,000 shaving brushes every week to the army. Restrictions on the use of bristle led to the introduction of nylon fibres in brushmaking.
The transformation of the paintbrush was finally completed by the adoption of stainless steel ferrules, pioneered by Hamiltons in the early 1980s.
HAMILTONS JOINS ACORN
Acorn Decorating Products merges with Hamiltons of London to become Hamilton Acorn.
A KEY ACQUISITION
The company is acquired by Swedish company Anza, the third largest manufacturer of decorating tools in Europe.
CHANGING WITH THE TIMES
Hamilton Acorn re-brands to become Hamilton, while at the same time streamlining its product ranges following feedback from its decorator panel. The present-day company marks the culmination of two-and-a-half centuries of brushmaking.