"One of the largest and busiest industrial establishments
in Wolverhampton is that known as the "Niphon Works," of Messrs. Robert
Stroud and Co., the well-known manufacturers of tin plate and japanned
wares, etc., whose business was established a quarter of a century ago,
and has a record of exceptional progress.
The works named are in Lower Villiers Street, to which
they present a long four-storied frontage; there are three extensive
ranges of building running from the front block, the accommodation for
workshops, warehouses, offices, etc., being remarkably extensive. About
six months ago the firm built a large block of building at the rear,
three storeys in height, for the purposes of cabinet manufacturing and
this is most admirably arranged and equipped for all purposes.
Messrs. Stroud and Co.'s machinery, plant and appliances
are excellent in every respect, and no doubt the all round superiority
of the facilities that they possess accounts in no small degree for the
eminence they have attained in their lines of trade.
Tin-plate and japanned ware, japanned stationery goods,
and all classes of stamped goods, trunks baths, deed and cash boxes,
wash stands, toilet sets, coal vases, dish covers, trays and waiters,
fire screens, and every description of wares for art decoration are
produced in great quantities at these works, the demand for them being
an extraordinary one.
The sound workmanship and finish and general excellence
of all the articles enumerated are admitted, and the goods of this firm
are thus able to withstand any competition.
Patent improved railway milk cans are a speciality of
Messrs. Stroud and Co.'s, and they were awarded a First Prize at the
London Dairy Show, 1884, and a Silver Medal at the International
Inventions Exhibition, 1885.
From two to three hundred hands find employment at the
"Niphon Works," from which fact alone the extent of the output may be
As cabinet manufacturers, Messrs. Stroud and Co. turn out
the highest class work only; beautiful bedroom suites being their chief
speciality in this branch. The new workshops for this department are
particularly light and lofty, and excellent provision has been made for
drying and seasoning the timber before use.
The trade done is both home and export, the quality of
Messrs. Stroud and Co.'s productions being known and appreciated in all
Mr. Stroud, the owner of the business, is a well-known
public man in Wolverhampton, where he is highly respected as a large
employer of labour, and as one who has done much to further the
interests of the town in many ways."