Shaw & Walker

Supplier of kitchen ranges

Shaw, Walker & Co., ironmongers and makers of 'Patent Sine Qua Non' kitchen ranges, was formed in Glasgow around 1889, by John McIntyre Shaw and David Walker. 1 Shaw's father, Andrew, had established his own wholesale and furnishing ironmongers in the 1860s at 14–18 Union Street, where the firm remained throughout its various incarnations. 2 Trading as 'Andrew Shaw & Son' from 1879 onwards, the Shaws lived in Pollokshields, a residential district popular with successful tradesmen. 3

On Andrew's death in 1888, Shaw Junior went into partnership with Walker, who had been already been 'unfortunate in business' and owed money. 4 Walker eventually repaid his creditors in full, but so few debtors honoured their debts in entirety that he made the newspapers. 5 Shaw, Walker & Co. advertised heavily, and their own-brand ranges won many exhibition prizes, having evenly-heated ovens and hot plates, which were fuel-saving, odourless and could even be left unattended. 6

As well as wedding presents and kitchenware, they advertised annual Christmas sales at the City Ironmongery Stores, offering (for 1903) easy chairs, suites, Bohemian vases, bedsteads and carpets. 7 Walker moved to a hillside villa in Gourock, and disappears from local directories around 1906. 8 Shaw retired in 1918, and a business consortium took over. 9 The company was purchased from the co-partners by Pearson's Stores in 1939. 10

Notes:

1: Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 166; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1880–1924.

2: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1850–1924; Glasgow Telephone Directories, 1920–39, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 27 August 2012].

3: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1850–1924.

4: Death information, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 27 August 2012]; Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 166.; Glasgow Post Office directories, 1880–1924; Glasgow Herald, 26 December 1900, p. 4.

5: Glasgow Herald, 26 December 1900, p. 4.

6: Glasgow and Its Environs, London: Stratten & Stratten, 1891, p. 166.

7: Glasgow Herald, 20 January 1903, p. 1.

8: Glasgow Post Office directories, 1850–1924.

9: Edinburgh Gazette, 13 December 1918, p. 4579; 29 September 1925, p. 1073.

10: Edinburgh Gazette, 7 March 1939, p. 211.