Sally’s Scissors

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03 Apr: Wine, women and song

I promised you more about old Whiteleys last time, so here it is. During the Victorian era my great-grandfather was in charge of Whiteley’s; always resplendent in suit, pocket watch, whiskers etc (see pic 1). However, he eventually tired of scissor-making and moved down to London, installing himself in Claridge’s and promptly divesting himself of all the company’s money indulging in wine, women and song. Luckily my grandfather stepped in to put things to rights, and…

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02 Apr: From humble beginnings…

I started life as Sally Whiteley; the Xth Whiteley since my great-great-great (etc) grandfather William Whiteley began manufacturing scissors in the 18th century. I now go by Sally Ward, and work as director of the company alongside my husband and co-director, Jeremy Ward. Our company has officially been making scissors for 257 years, but unofficially longer than that. The story passed down the family is that an ancestor of mine began making scissors in an...