Volume 7 - Spring 1999


Product & Company News

Stan ScarletObituary

We were very sad to hear recently of the death of Mr. Stan Scarlet at the age of 90. Mr. Scarlet joined J. Hewit & Sons, as it then was, in 1932 as the manager of the new London warehouse in Jewin Street. In December 1940, when bombing destroyed 46, Jewin Street, the office was transferred to Mr Scarlet's home in Bromley, Kent, and the business continued from there until new premises were rented in Clerkenwell 4 months later. Over the years Mr. Scarlet's influence within the company grew, and he became firstly the overall sales manager, and finally in 1969 the sales director for the Company, travelling widely throughout the world. Mr Scarlet retired from active duties in 1975, and as a director in 1982, although he kept in regular contact with us right up until his death. Mr. Scarlet was well known and respected within the leather industry, and we hope that all who knew him will join with us in passing on their condolences to his family.


Bowden & Sons

We are delighted to announce that we have purchased the World rights to Manufacture, market and sell Bowdens Book Headbands.

For many years, J. Hewit and Sons Ltd. have been successfully distributing a range of the Bowden Book Headbands, complimenting the extensive range of fine bookbinding leathers we manufacture and sell and other bookbinding materials, tools, sundries and equipment we distribute.

Several months ago June and Brian Orley, the owners of Bowden & Son contacted us, and after informing us that they were planning to retire, asked us whether we would be interested in purchasing their Company. We were of course delighted and honoured by their offer. For us, the merging of the two companies made absolute sense. Both companies historically, have shared the philosophy of producing the very best products in their field. Bowden and Son since 1855 have been manufacturing the finest quality book headbands available anywhere in the World and we at J. Hewit & Sons Ltd. have a 150 year reputation World-wide of producing the very finest bookbinding leathers from our Edinburgh Tannery.

From the 5th of January 1999, the production and selling operation of Bowden Book Headbands moved from Essex to our tannery in Edinburgh. Our Intention is to continue offering our customers the excellent quality of product and customer service that they had become accustomed to in their past dealings with Bowdens.

Further details, prices and samples are available from both the Edinburgh Tannery and London Warehouse.

After the terrific success of last years sale, we will be holding another selling event this coming April for one month. Throughout the year, due to special orders or leather finishing trials that the company undertakes, we acquired a quantity of skins which are non-standard in shade or finish. This leather is often of excellent quality. We will be offering these skins for sale at heavily discounted rates as from the 6th April.

Please contact the Edinburgh Tannery for further details.
Reneira Horne
Designer Bookbinder Competition

We are proud to support and be associated with various bookbinding associations and educational establishments. During the year we sponsor a range of prizes including bookbinding competitions and end of year awards given to college students.

The 1998 Designer Bookbinder Competition produced many fine bindings.

This year, the J. Hewit & Son prize for The Interesting Treatment of Leather was awarded to Renira Horne, pictured here in her bindery at home.



Our warmest congratulations go to Renira, who started studying bookbinding at the City Lit, Bolt Court school 12 years ago and has also taken a part-time course with Jen Lindsay at Roehampton.




A New Range of Wooden Bindery Equipment

We are delighted to announce the launch of further products in our range of wooden bookbinding equipment. We now have in stock our newly designed laying press (and tub), plough and a choice of finishing presses in two styles.


Laying Press and Plough

Laying Press & Plough - 46cm between the screws


Laying Press and Plough

Plough with straight blade - 46cm between the screws - Plough with straight blade


No.5 Finishing Press

No.5 Finishing Press - 31cm between the screws - Also available with 44cm between the screws


No.6 Finishing Press

NO. 6 Finishing Press - 40cm between the screws

Thames & Hudson Manual of Bookbinding

by Arthur W. Johnson

has been reprinted and is now in stock


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