The Family Who Started It All
SALTER HOUSEWARES itself began life in late 1760 in the village of Bilston, England. At this time Richard Salter, a spring maker, began making 'pocket steelyards', a scale similar to the fisherman's scale of today.
Richard Salter later moved to West Bromwich, where he continued to manufacture springs and spring balances. It was also during this time that Richard began to manufacture bayonets for which there was a growing demand. Further members of the family including Richard’s nephews John and George became involved in the business. The trade was passed down through different members of the family, leading to George Salter who took command of the firm. In a directory of the time, he is listed as the manufacturer of “improved spring balances, pocket steelyards, vertical jacks, and musquet bayonets”, whilst in 1850 the firm is mentioned as making “a portable and convenient domestic weighing apparatus”. The business continued to pass down through further generations with growing demand and expansion, leading to the local old packing mill becoming the original factory.