Historical information

This sewing kit was owned by Nurse Emma Warburton and was in her Gladstone Bag.
A sewing kit made by Kirby Beard & Co. Ltd Kirby Beard Company was founded by William Cowther. He established this business in 1743. His son, Richard, succeeded his father and went
into partnership with Robert Kirby. Mr Kirby was well connected & became the Sheriff of London in 1816. By 1820 two further partners George Beard and William Tovey joined the firm.
By 1840 the firm was known as Kirby, Beard and Company. They were the longest established & most successful pin making concern in Gloucester.


Owned by Nurse Emma Warburton, one of the residents of the City of Moorabbin

Physical description

Sewing Kit - sewing needles

Inscriptions & markings

Best Sewing needles - Kirby, Beard & Co. Ltd