Very nice old Promotional advertising Waiters Knife/ Opener in excellent condition....nice piece....measures 3 3/4" in length.... has advertising both sides.Probable dating is around 1940's-1960. Mitchells & Butlers Brewery was formed when Henry Mitchell's old Crown Brewery (founded in Smethwick in 1866) merged with William Butler's Brewery (also founded in Smethwick in 1866) in 1898. Henry Mitchell had moved to the Cape Hill site in 1879 and this became the company's main brewing site. It had its own railway network connected to the national railway system from 1907–1962. An original Mitchells & Butlers Brewery pub, The Queens Arms, in central Birmingham Various acquisitions included Holder's Brewers, who owned Birmingham's Midland Brewery, in 1919. The company merged with Bass in 1961. With the brand under ownership of Coors Brewers, the brewery closed in 2002 with production switched to Burton upon Trent. The brewery was undergoing demolition in 2005 and the original site is now a housing estate. The Mitchell & Butler war memorial, built in 1920, has been retained and restored. Their most famous beer was Brew XI (using Roman numerals, and so pronounced Brew Eleven), advertised with the slogan "for the men of the Midlands". It is now brewed under licence for Coors by Brains of Cardiff. A descendent company, which manages pubs, bars and restaurants throughout the United Kingdom, is still known as Mitchells & Butlers plc, and is based in Birmingham.
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