• Short Summary

    A SHEFFIELD BUSINESSMAN HAS REVIVED A MEDIEVAL INDUSTRY WHICH COULD PROVE THE KEY TO A BOOST IN BRITISH EXPORT SALES.

  • Description

    A SHEFFIELD BUSINESSMAN HAS REVIVED A MEDIEVAL INDUSTRY WHICH COULD PROVE THE KEY TO A BOOST IN BRITISH EXPORT SALES. THE BUSINESSMAN, MR. DAVID RENWICK, HAS GONE INTO FULL PRODUCTION OF CHASTITY BELTS, COMPLETE WITH PADLOCK.

    MR. RENWICK, WHO UNTIL RECENTLY HAD OPERATED A SMALL HAND-WORKED METAL BUSINESS IN RIDGEWAY, SIX MILES FROM SHEFFIELD, STUMBLED ON THE CHASTITY BELT BOOM ALMOST BY ACCIDENT.

    FOUR YEARS AGO, MR. RENWICK STARTED BUSINESS AS A MANUFACTURER OF HAND-FORGED IRONWARE. HIS STOCK IN TRADE WAS WEATHER VANES, DOORKNOCKERS AND FOOTSCRAPERS UNTIL A FRIEND WHO WAS HANDLING THE EXPORT SIDE OF THE BUSINESS WENT TO AMERICA ON A SALES TRIP.

    MR. RENWICK TOLD HIM TO TELL POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS HIS COMPANY MANUFACTURED ANYTHING FROM BETSY LAMPS TO CHASTITY BELTS.

    THE AMERICANS TOOK HIM AT HIS WORD AND NOW MR. RENWICK HAS MORE ORDERS THAN HE CAN HANDLE.

    ORDERS HAVE COME FROM NOT ONLY AMERICA BUT NORWAY, MALTA, HOLLAND, FRANCE AND HONG KONG. THE HONG KONG ORDER INCLUDED A PRECISE MEASUREMENT.

    THE BELTS ARE AUTHENTIC REPRODUCTIONS, ARE MADE IN BOTH MALE AND FEMALE STYLES AND RETAIL FOR GBP25 EACH. EACH ONE WEIGHS THREE AND A HALF POUNDS (2 KGMS), BUT THE FEMALE VERSION HAS FLOWERS ON THE FRONT AND A SMALL PADLOCK.

    THE BELTS ARE MANUFACTURED FROM AN ORIGINAL SKETCH MR. RENWICK FOUND IN THE LOCAL LIBRARY, BUT MR. RENWICK INSISTS THE CHASTITY BELTS ARE ONLY A SIDELINE TO HIS MAIN BUSINESS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA51PJT8SHX6CWV47PY00EDDQUQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA51PJT8SHX6CWV47PY00EDDQUQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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