Category:Sutcliffe Pressings Ltd

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Sutcliffe Pressings Ltd

1920 - 1983
1920s?: Undated four-page folded leaflet showing Sutcliffe's early spirit-fired range

1920s?: Undated four-page folded leaflet showing Sutcliffe's early spirit-fired range [image info]

... leaflet interior

... leaflet interior [image info]

1931: Sutcliffe Steel Boats stockist list, full-page advert, Meccano Magazine

1931: Sutcliffe Steel Boats stockist list, full-page advert, Meccano Magazine [image info]

1939: Games and Toys trade advert, "Do you stock all the SUTCLIFFE boats?"

1939: Games and Toys trade advert, "Do you stock all the SUTCLIFFE boats?" [image info]

1973 catalogue cover

1973 catalogue cover [image info]

1978 catalogue cover

1978 catalogue cover [image info]

1978: Retailer's Boat Display Stand

1978: Retailer's Boat Display Stand [image info]

Sutcliffe Pressings Ltd. was run by John W. Sutcliffe, who started out in business in the 1890s, opened a small dedicated site for production in the 1900s producing a range of odds and ends, including oil cans, and produced his first model boat in 1920.

With the success of the boat, Sutcliffe Pressings used their niche expertise in producing leakproof metal joins to create a limited but successful range of further tinplate boats and submarines, and got the franchise to produce model submarines loosely based on the Nautilus design used in Walt Disney's live-action film of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".

Sutcliffe didn't completely turn their production over to toymaking, and continued producing other miscellaneous items until 1983.

Sutcliffe maker's mark

Promotional text for Sutcliffe's spirit-powered boats (undated)

TESTED & GUARANTEED

BUILT TO LAST A LIFETIME

Sutcliffe's models are British Made throughout and worthily uphold the highest traditions of British workmanship and the unequalled prestige of British Shipping.

Every model is solidly constructed, the most careful attention being given to detail, and the result is that they are the sort of toys which, in a large family, could be handed from one brother to another and still be working when the last owner reached the stage when toys have no longer a fascination for him.

Experience has proved that no matter how often or how long Sutcliffe models are used, they always work just as well as they will when they leave the factory.

The most notable feature, however, is the remarkably ingenious arrangement whereby these models are propelled from one to two hours at a stretch. They power is obtained by merely heating a piece of copper tube which is coiled and bent in a certain special way, the secret of which was only discovered after months of experimenting.

The effect of this arrangement is that the boat is propelled realistically through the water, and will travel many yards on one small charge of spirit. Further, it is so simple that there is nothing to get out of order, but, to make doubly certain, every model is thoroughly tested and guaranteed to work satisfactorily under its own power. All you have to do to set it going is to pour a little methylated spirit into the spirit-lamp, light the wick, and place the lamp in the bottom of the boat.

Boats and submarines

Clockwork boats:

Clockwork submarines:

Electric boats:

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