This 75mm diameter tin was manufactured before WWII by the original John T Dales.

On the label

DALES’ GOLD MEDAL DUBBIN
A SUPERIOR PREPARATION
FOR WATERPROOFING, SOFTENING & PRESERVING BOOTS, HARNESS, LEGGINGS, CARRIAGE TOPS, MILL BANDS, FIRE HOSE &c &c.

PUTS NEW LIFE INTO LEATHER AND IF OCCASIONALLY APPLIED WINTER & SUMMER WILL ADD THREE TIMES TO IT’S WEAR.

22 EXHIBITION HIGHEST AWARDS FOR SUPERIORITY

DIRECTIONS: FIRST FREE THE LEATHER FROM ALL DIRT THEN WARM IT IN THE SUN OR BEFORE A FIRE AND WHILST WARM WELL RUB IN THE DUBBIN. OR IT MAY BE MELTED AND APPLIED TO THE LEATHER AS OIL. RUB THE ARTICLE WITH A CLOTH BEFORE APPLYING THE BLACKING IF A POLISH IS DESIRED.

NONE GENUINE UNLESS SIGNED
TRADE John T Dales MARK
DALES’ DUBBIN LTD. LONDON N22 ENG.

Around rim of lid:
FOR BLACK LEATHER


dales gold medal dubbin
Photo: Martin Clewlow

This 75mm diameter brown & cream tin (with some golden dubbin remaining) was manufactured prior to 1943 when John Dales ceased manufacture. The London N11 code is interesting since all known addresses prior to the move to Dunstable were in south London. Perhaps this was a sales office? In any case, London postal districts weren’t allocated number until 1917, prior to which they were just letters. Which dates this tin between 1917 and 1943.

On the label

DALES’ GOLD MEDAL DUBBIN

A SUPERIOR PREPARATION
FOR WATERPROOFING, SOFTENING & PRESERVING BOOTS, HARNESS, LEGGINGS, MILL-BANDS, FIRE-HOSE AND ALL LEATHER GOODS.

INVALUABLE FOR HOT OR DAMP CLIMATES

IF OCCASIONALLY APPLIED WINTER & SUMMER – WILL ADD THREE TIMES TO THE LIFE OF THE LEATHER.

22 EXHIBITION HIGHEST AWARDS FOR SUPERIORITY

DIRECTIONS: FIRST FREE THE LEATHER FROM ALL DIRT, THEN WARM IT IN THE SUN OR BEFORE A FIRE AND WHILST WARM WELL RUB IN THE DUBBIN. OR IT MAY BE MELTED AND APPLIED TO THE LEATHER AS OIL. WELL RUB THE ARTICLE WITH A CLOTH BEFORE POLISHING.

NONE GENUINE UNLESS SIGNED
TRADE John T Dales MARK

Around rim of lid:
DALES’ DUBBIN LTD, LONDON, N.11


Dales' Dubbin
Photo: Sean Foster

This 75mm diameter brown & cream tin (with some golden dubbin remaining) was manufactured was manufactured between 1943 and 1989 by Carr & Day & Martin who took over the brand name after the winding up of the John T. Dales Ltd business during WWII. It is interesting to compare this with the previous two earlier by similar tins above, where the list of applications gives an insight into the passing uses of leather over the years.

On the label

DALES’ GOLD MEDAL DUBBIN

A SUPERIOR PREPARATION
FOR WATERPROOFING, SOFTENING & PRESERVING BOOTS, SHOES, SADDLERY AND ALL LEATHER GOODS. INVALUABLE FOR FOOTBALL BOOTS AND ALL LEATHER SPORTS FOOTWEAR.
SPECIALL SUITABLE FOR HOT OR DAMP CLIMATES

IF OCCASIONALLY APPLIED WINTER & SUMMER – WILL ADD THREE TIMES TO THE LIFE OF THE LEATHER.

DIRECTIONS: FIRST FREE THE LEATHER FROM ALL DIRT, THEN WARM IT IN THE SUN OR BEFORE A FIRE AND WHILST WARM WELL RUB IN THE DUBBIN. ALTERNATIVELY, MELT THE DUBBIN AND APPLY TO THE LEATHER AS OIL. WELL RUB THE ARTICLE WITH A CLOTH BEFORE POLISHING.

NONE GENUINE UNLESS SIGNED
TRADE John T Dales MARK

Around rim of lid:
MADE IN ENGLAND BY CARR & DAY & MARTIN LTD., GREAT DUNMOW, ESSEX. CONTENTS 2 OZS. (56.7 GRAMMES).


Dales' Gold Medal Dubbin
Photo: David Pratt

This large black and white printed tin, 95mm diameter and 23mm deep, was manufactured between 1936 and 1989 by Carr & Day & Martin Ltd at their Great Dunmow factory in Essex. The 1880 date harks back to when John T. Dales started his business, not the more usual date of 1770 for the CDM business.

On the label

Established 1880
Dales’ Gold Medal Black Dubbin
For rendering leather soft and waterproof
Trade mark John T. Dales
contents 3.5 fl oz 100ml
Made by Carr & Day & Martin Ltd – Great Dunmow – Essex – England
A superior preparation for the preserving of all leather goods

Dales' gold medal black dubbin
Photo: David Pratt

This large brown and white printed tin, 95mm diameter and 23mm deep, was manufactured between 1936 and 1989 by Carr & Day & Martin Ltd at their Great Dunmow factory in Essex. All historical references are now lost. The possessive proper noun of Dales having been written as Dales’ since 1880 have now been simplified to plain Dales, thereby losing its heritage and so alludes, perhaps, to hillside walking and hiking type of activities where, realistically, the dubbin market now lay.

On the label

Carr & Day & Martin
Dales Dubbin
100ml
Made by Carr & Day & Martin Ltd, Great Dunmow, Essex, England
A superior preparation for all leather goods

Dales' Dubbin
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Carr & Day & Martin
Neutral
Dales Dubbin
200 years of excellence
50ml Carr & Day & Martin, Warrington, England. Softens and Waterproofs Leather.

Carr & Day & Martin Neutral Dales Dubbin
Photo: David Pratt
This 7cm diameter 50ml “press to open” tin printed simply in brown and white was manufactured by Carr & Day & Martin in the last days of manufacturing shoe care products.

On the label

Carr & Day & Martin
Black
Dales Dubbin
200 years of excellence
50ml Carr & Day & Martin, Warrington, England. Softens and Waterproofs Leather.

Carr & Day & martin Black Dales Dubbin
Photo: David Pratt
This 7cm diameter 50ml “press to open” tin printed simply in black and white was manufactured by Carr & Day & Martin in the last days of manufacturing shoe care products.

Information on the company here: John T. Dales
and also Carr & Day & Martin Ltd Carr & Day & Martin Ltd



This page was last updated: 09th October 2011