"The manufacture of tin, enamel and Japan ware
constitutes a staple branch of industry in Wolverhampton, and a firm
occupying a high position in this line is that of Messrs. Edmund
Bullivant and Co., proprietors of the Blakenhall Works. This noted
concern was founded in 1864, and has had a remarkably prosperous career,
due alike to the uniform excellence of the work turned out and the
enterprising spirit of the proprietor.
The premises utilised cover a large area of ground,
possess an excellent two-storied frontage and extend in two-storied
wings a considerable distance to the rear.
Messrs. Bullivant have the best machinery plant in
operation, and employing a large number of hands are admirably placed to
execute all classes of work promptly and in the best manner. Their
productions include every description of travelling trunks, cash and
deed boxes, bowls, buckets, oval and round frying pans (tinned and
galvanised), steel basins, tea kettles, scoops, baths, coal vases, fire
screens, trays, waiters, etc., etc. All their productions in stamped
hollow-ware, tinned, japanned and enamel goods are specially noted for
durable wear and best finish, and maintain a standard reputation for
these qualities in both home and foreign markets."
The japanning works in Upper Villiers Street were acquired by the
Villiers Engineering Company in 1898. Bullivant's house, coach shed, and
garden, next door to the works were purchased by John Marston Limited in
1901. The coach house became Sunbeam's first car factory.