Eyre & Baxter started together in 1918 when Sylvanus and Ernest came home from serving in the Great War as friends, having previously been apprentice hand stamp cutters together.
Originally based in the heart of Sheffield's industrial and cutlery centre they offered a much needed service to the then booming steel and tool industry, producing stamps for marking the enormous range of products being made in Sheffield.
Their experience in the trenches had shown them the need for stamping and branding by the Army, and it was this market that was also developed with many contracts for the supply of equipment to the War Department.
The first long-term home for the business was “The Sheffield Stamp & Brand Works” on Brown Street, where the Company was formed, and remained the base until the move to our current address on Derbyshire Lane in 1955. There began a modernisation very much lead by John (Jack) Baxter who had rejoined the Company in 1945 following service in the RAF Bomber Command.
By the mid–fifties the business had developed into a manufacturer and supplier of a whole range of marking and identification products, generally related to machine and hand engraving. Steel stamps and dies, as well as branding irons, were supplemented by stencils, printing dies, rubber stamps, marking inks and etching equipment, and engraved nameplates, fascia panels, and small signs. The production of stamping and embossing tooling enabled the Company to offer metal nameplates, tags, and labels for industrial and commercial use.
Later in the fifties John Eyre joined the Company and throughout the next forty years worked alongside Jack Baxter in developing the business and its extensive customer base. In 1982 a third generation joined the Company when John Baxter arrived with a new outlook to some of the older established practices and began another process of modernisation with computer controlled engraving machinery.
Throughout the eighties and nineties the Company thrived and it was only in the new Millennium that the first signs of reduction in the output of Manufacturing Industry in the UK began to have their effect.
Now into the second decade of the new millennium we have consolidated our activities into what we do best and look forward to many more years doing that which has made our name so well known within our specialised field. The Company continues with John R. Baxter as Managing Director, with some assistance from the fourth generation.
And we are still supplying branding irons to the Army.
steel handstamps, punches, stencils, branding irons
electrochemical etching, nameplates
plaques, badges, control panels, fascias, metal markers
rubber sandblasting stencils, steel type, rubber type
rubber stamps, daters, numberers, embossing presses
machine dies, stencil spray, pads, rollers, engraving