A potted history of Stitchedboxes™


Stitchedboxes™ is continuing a box making tradition which originated in Sheffield in the 1800’s as Joseph Pickering Ltd. The story started with a romance between the son of a silversmith and the niece of a polishing paste producer, who married in 1847. The legacy of this union includes the famous ‘Blanco’ polish, our own Stitchedboxes™ and Pickering Street, Sheffield, which was named after then councillor Joseph Pickering.    

Moving to its own factory in 1906, the wire stitched box making business became a great success. And by the 1980’s cardboard box production had become the company’s lifeline. Sadly after 185 years of trading, Joseph Pickering and Sons Ltd finally fell victim to the credit crunch and, during the early part of 2009, the opportunity arose for local family run business - Arkote Ltd - to acquire the wire stitched box division of the Joseph Pickering box making business.

Arkote Ltd is another company with a long history, dating back to the Sheffield of the 1880’s. And since 2009 traditional hand-made, wire stitched box production has become part of our core business.

The wire stitched box production capability is now located within a first class manufacturing facility in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We serve mainly the business to business market, but our stitched box clients, big or small, can be assured of receiving cost effective, high quality products fully supported by a prompt and reliable delivery service. And our wire stitched box making crafts people use sustainable, recyclable materials sourced from UK suppliers.

Arkote is ISO9001 accredited; so whether it's garden tools or orthodontists, model trains or archival documents, research labs or fashion items, Stitchedboxes™ has the capability and resources to meet all of your storage box requirements.

Read the full story of Joseph Pickerings and Sons

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"I received the box samples and they look great, very pleased with the way they fold."   - Christopher Lawson

"The product is just lovely, and perfect for what I am looking to do with my brand. "   - Adam Proops ( Regiment London )

"Everything went very well with our order and the whole process was easy and smooth from the beginning. We were very happy with the turn around time and would definitely order from you again."   - Alice Masson-Taylor ( Tiger Aspect Drama Limited )

"Our stitched boxes have been such a success that we are now looking to add a new style to our range."   - Yve Crewes ( The English Stamp Company )

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