On the label

Carr’s Brownit Boot Polish
Estd. 1837
Waterproof – Easy to use
Easy opener on edge of lid
London N.

Carr's Brownit boot polish
Manufactured prior to 1923 before Carr’s acquired Day & Martin’s.

On the label

Established 1770
By Royal Appointment
Day & Martin’s
Wax Boot Polish
Black
Paris 1900 and numerous other awards

Day & Martin's black wax boot polish
Manufactured between 1900 and 1936

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Day & Martin’s
Wax Boot Polish
For Box, Calf and all kinds of Leather
Carr & Day & Martin Ltd
Great Dunmow, Essex

Day and Martin wax polish
Photo: Sandy Stewart
Black and brown wax boot polish manufactured after 1923. It looks like they could be wartime temporary packaging, however the reference to Box and Calf leathers seems to be of a much earlier date than WW2. The design is out of kilter with the flat tins (in fact no design at all) but their very large size suggests a utilitarian commercial packaging for cobblers or boot manufacturers.

On the label

Established 1770
By appointment to the late King George V
Day & Martin’s
Wax Boot Polish
Black
Paris 1900 and numerous other awards

Day & Martin's black boot polish
Photo: Sean Foster
Manufactured sometime between 1936 and 1941

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Established 1770
by Appointment to the Late King George V
Day & Martin’s Boot Polish
Black
Contents 1 5/8 ozs
Made by Day & Martin Ltd, Great Dunmow, Essex, England. British made throughout. 46 grms. Schwarz Noir Zwart Negro Nero Svart

Day & Martin's boot polish
Photo: David Pratt
This deep 72mm x 24mm tin, printed in black, white and red was manufactured sometime between 1936 and 1941.

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Carr’s Boot Cream
Estd. 1837
Directions: Shake the bottle well and apply the cream evenly all over the surface of the boot or shoe. Rub well in and polish with a soft cloth or brush.
Carr & Day & Martin Ltd, Gt Dunmow, Essex, England
70ml 2.5fl oz
For Boots, Shoes, Bags etc or any leather that requires preserving with a high polish.
Carr’s Creams are made in black, white, dark brown, & toney red. The black is recommended for box calf & glace kid as it contains a dye to restore the colour and so keep the boots a jet black.

These 8cm high clear glass jars have red, green and white printed labels as well as white, red, green and gold screw caps. Oddly the packaging doesn’t mention the colour of the contents, in this case dark brown. These are made sometime after 1936.
Carr's Boot Cream
Photo: David Pratt

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Caledonia
British made LION wax boot polish
Made in England since 1770
“Half an inch on the brush is sufficient” Apply polish with brush or dauber. Rub up briskly and finish off with a soft cloth.
By Royal Warrant – five successive Royal Appointments
Net weight 35 gms (1 1/4 ozs.)
Ready for use – No need to remove sleeve.
Dark Brown (Light Tan)
By Royal Warrant to The Late King George V
Made in England by Day & Martin London N.11
Famous since 1770 – net weight 35 gms.

These cream polishes, manufactured at Carr’s factory in Brunswick Park Road, New Southgate, London N11 between 1935 to 1941, are as good as new – the author has tried them on shoes with excellent results!
Day & Martin Lion wax boot polish
Photo: David Pratt

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Established 1770
By appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, suppliers of saddlery care products
Day & Martin’s
Wax Shoe Polish
Neutral
Made by Carr & Day & Martin Ltd, Great Dunmow, Essex, England 17ml

Day & Martin's Neutral wax shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt
Contents used and shrunken. This is a small 55mm diameter tin containing 17ml of neutral polish. Dates anywhere from 1961 but most likely 1980′s and before 1989 when the factory moved to Wilmslow.

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Established 1770
By appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, suppliers of saddlery care products
Day & Martin’s
Wax Shoe Polish
Ox Blood
Made by Carr & Day & Martin Ltd, Great Dunmow, Essex, England 44ml

Day & Martin shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt
Contents used and shrunken. Front carries a Famous Army Stores 45p price tag, putting the date post-1971 (decimalisation) but before 1989 when the factory moved to Wilmslow.

On the label

Carr & Day & Martin
Wax shoe polish
Dark Brown
200 years of excellence
50ml Carr & Day & Martin Ltd, Wilmslow, England
DARK BROWN . DUNKELBRAUN . MARRON OSCURO . MARRONE SCURO

Carr & Day & Martin dark brown shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt
Illustrated right, this butterfly twist-off lid tin of polish was manufactured post-1989 (when the moved to Wilmslow) and pre-1999 (when they switched to ‘press to open’ style lids). CDM were certainly manufacturing shoe polish at the Wilmslow site in 1994. The later press-to-open lid version, made in Warrington, is shown on the left.

On the label

Carr & Day & Martin
Wax shoe polish
Dark brown
200 years of excellence
50ml Carr & Day & Martin, Warrington, England
DARK BROWN . DUNKELBRAUN . MARRON OSCURO . MARRONE SCURO . KOYU KAHVE

carr day martin dark brown polish
Photo: David Pratt
This is the last shoe polish product made by the company and even though of recent manufacture shows shrinkage and a rather horrible mass of lumpy polish.

On the label

Carr & Day & Martin
Wax shoe polish
Brown
200 years of excellence
50ml Carr & Day & Martin, Warrington, England
BROWN . BRAUN . MARRON . MARRONE . KAHVERENGI

carr day martin brown shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt
This is the last shoe polish product made by the company and even though of recent manufacture shows shrinkage and a rather lumpy polish.

carr day martin polish packing
Photo: David Pratt
This cardboard packing contains a dozen 50ml tins of shoe polish and is shipped in a shrink-wrap plastic covering.



This page was last updated: 13th April 2013