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his knowledge of the language acquired during his time in the Indian
Civil Service, because the texture of the metal lathing caught and
reflected the light in the same way as does the sea. As a substitute
for the more inflammable wooden lathing used behind plaster on ceilings
and walls the new material was eagerly sought by builders as a fire-resisting
Years of steady prosperity followed the partnership
between Eckstein and Willmore. The firm's catalogues grew more comprehensive.
Pavement and floor lights took pride of place, followed by safety coal plates,
staircases, ventilators, stable fittings, ranges, stoves, metal registers,
radiators, "Daisy" boilers, Jhilmil and New Jhilmil patent
This latest invention was also patented in the
United States and in Canada, in both of which countries Haywards were
gaining a firm foothold following a visit at the end of 1893 by William
The catalogue of the period, a large cloth-bound
volume an inch thick, contained 248 pages. As many as twenty-one medals
hung in the glass case in the partners' private office. A telephone had
been installed, and a telegraph address, Hayward Brothers, London,
It was soon apparent that the increased activities
of Hayward Brothers and Eckstein were straining the small partnership of
two. With the necessity for William Eckstein to travel frequently about
the country and abroad, the business was growing unwieldy.
In 1896, therefore, it was decided to turn the
partnership into a limited liability company. The outlook was promising
and the time was ripe for the infusion of new blood and ideas. D. W.
McInnes, London Manager of the Carron Iron Company, had long been known
to the partners and they invited him to join them. He brought a substantial
amount of new business with him as he had considerable connections in the
stove and range trade.
The company was duly incorporated on September 9th
1896, with an authorised capital of £48,000, and the word Limited
added to the style. The previous senior partner, William Eckstein,