The picture dates from 1884 and is well worth studying in detail. Look how much stock is crammed into the windows (upstairs and down) – ring sizes, gauges, crucibles, etc., most of which tools are still used today.
A treadle-operated grinding machine can be seen in the open doorway and each side of the window is a glass fronted showcase, one packed with tools and the other displaying bone handled cutlery which is very expensive today (1987), even if you can find a supplier! (No sign of security grills or alarms!)
There were lamps on the building and note the iron railings and gate. The steps were well-worn even then, and look at the child workers, complete with caps – it was a common thing for children of 10/11 years to be in full-time work in those days’.
Source: The Jewellery Quarter History & Guide 2nd Edition 1987