One of the most interesting things about visiting Dugdale Brothers last week was their archives of order books, advertising and old products. The company goes back to 1896 and they still have the nicest premises of any merchant, going back to the 1920s and bang in the middle of Huddersfield. More on that next week. In the meantime, here are a few of my favourites from the archive books.


Dugdale used to sell all manner of accessories. It is still one of the few firms to still provide trimmings. Above, we have an advert for a clip that attached the shirt cuff to the sleeve of a suit jacket, so that a gentleman always showed the perfect amount of cuff. Still a market for that today?


Next, braces and shoe trees for boots


And finally, a series of brass buttons available with a range of flowers, admirals and prime ministers. And dogs.