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SLOPER RECORDS

Introduction by Stephen Steere

In 1990 I made contact with Bill Cokayne the Managing Director of J Sloper & Co Ltd and managed to arrange a Society visit at their Tower Royal Works in West Hampstead, London, almost certainly because my surname was the same as his fellow director who had recently died and he thought we were related. By the time it was discovered I wasnít the ice had been broken and the Society finally gained access after years of attempts.

The Society was able to get a few visits there and we saw the record books but were not initially allowed to look at them. Then Dave Hill and I were allowed to visit and take photographs of the pages of their most recent records (Book 1).

In 1991 Sloper had been bought out and was being closed down, staff laid off, with the perforating business being transferred to Checkpoint Ltd in Reading. Bill Cokayne then offered their records to the Society but asked for payment which was readily agreed. We obtained the following:

  • Book 1 - A ledger containing the user identity, sample label illustrations of perfins, commercial overprints and insurance dies used with the costs. Pages 1 to 36 were retained as they were being sent to Reading, though recently obtained for the Society in 2016 by Derek Ransom.

  • Book 2 - A ledger containing the user identity, sample label illustrations of perfins, commercial overprints and insurance dies used with the costs. This Book predates Book 1 and was probably started in the late 1940ís.

  • A-K and L-Z ledgers containing the user identity, address, sample label illustrations of perfins, commercial overprints and insurance dies used with the costs. These ledgers being clean were probably used to provide invoices to Sloperís customers.

  • Red A4 sized Book containing the user identity, address, sample label illustrations of perfins, commercial overprints and insurance dies used with the costs, probably replaced the aforementioned ledgers.

  • Small Brown Booklet containing Waterlow dies at one end with name and sample label illustrations, and at the other end Insurance dies again with name and sample label illustrations. Ledger wholly in manuscript that was probably put into use after Sloperís City office in Budge Row was badly damaged in May 1941 after an air raid. Staff and Account books.

  • Record books illustrating machine dies made by Sloper for customers in the reign of Queen Victoria, with a sample strike but without any identities. Bill Cokayne told us that all previous records were lost in the war. Unfortunately no records were found containing details of perforating machines sold to customers from the 1940ís onwards.

The majority of the record books have been scanned and after indexing will be available to view on the Society website. To begin Book 2 illustrations with Index will appear followed by the others. I intend to produce two indexes, one for each record book by image reference and the other a combined index by user name.

The records show Surname followed by name or initials so I have followed that system.
If any errors are spotted then please notify the webmaster Alastair Walter (perfinsoc@gmail.com) or myself (perfin.society@virginmedia.com).

Book 1 - in preparation

Book 2

Ledger A-K - in preparation

Ledger L-Z - in preparation

Red Book - in preparation

Brown Booklet - in preparation

Alphabetical index of all records