Records of Machine Cottons Ltd, thread distributors, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute books, 1930-1962;
  • Registers of directors and members, 1901-1962;
  • Register of sealed documents, 1900-1954;
  • Private ledgers, 1948-1959;
  • Miscellaneous ledgers, 1900-1960;
  • Cash books, 1934-1938;
  • Memorandum and articles of association, 1900-1974;
  • Shareholder certificates, 1900-1983.

Administrative / Biographical History

Machine Cottons Ltd, thread distributors, Glasgow, Scotland, were established prior to  1901 . By  1917 ,  The Central Agency Ltd, selling agents, Glasgow was the major shareholder. The records indicate that all business was concerned with South America, although the company withdrew from active trading in Brazil in 1955. In Brazil, Machine Cottons Ltd traded in sewing threads, embroidery threads, needles and polished yarns. They also sold safety pins, hinged pins and hair grips manufactured by Needle Industries Ltd. Machine Cottons Ltd appears to have ceased trading in the  1960s .


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Acquisition Information

Indefinite loan : J & P Coats : Glasgow : c1984

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : London: 1991 : ACCN 0146 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : via Business Archives Council in Scotland : 1993 : ACCN 0198* (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1995 : ACCN 0240* (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : 1996 : ACCN 0255 (Additional Deposit)

Indefinite loan : Coats Viyella plc : Swinton, Manchester: 2000 : ACCNs 1887, 1925, 1926, 1996

Indefinite loan : ACCN 0054

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Custodial History

Held by J & P Coats Ltd


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 199/2 Records of The Central Agency Ltd

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