Other than varnish manufacturer, several publications give his profession as bronzer or japanner, both quite unsual in today's world.
Isherwood Sutcliffe died in 1871 and was buried at Warstone Lane Cemetery in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. A peculiar headstone designed by L. W. Sutcliffe was erected on his tomb in 1888.
The company survived for 41 years after the death of its founder but in 1912 it went into winding-up. A liquidator was called in and the assets of Isherwood Sutcliffe & Co Ltd were disposed of.
Maker of Varnishes
Wholesale & Retail
... Turpentine. Tar
Location: Great Hampton Street / Pictures taken in May 2012