Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Barbour's Linen Thread, Lisburn, N. Ireland

Here's a recent find - the red box pictured below. Barbour's were founded in 1784 when John Barbour moved from Paisley in Scotland to Lisburn, County Down. Over the years the business became a world leader in the manufacture of threads. Sadly their factory at Hilden ceased production in February 2006 and now lies derelict (see photos here) on the banks of the River Lagan. I have gathered up some examples of their products and packaging, all of which use the Red Hand of Ulster as the central symbol for the company's branding.

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