Last week I found this interesting brass badge on the Thames foreshore. A sweet (piece of candy) in a twisted wrapper is shown in the centre of the circular badge. The words “Cleeves Brigade” are engraved on the badge. Swipe left to see more photos.
Thomas Henry Cleeve was born in Quebec in 1844. He was raised and educated in Canada and moved to Limerick, Ireland in 1864. Thomas began manufacturing butter and other dairy products in 1882. Along with his brothers, they operated the largest milk processing factory in Ireland. In addition to processing cream and skim milk, the factory branched out and produced butter, chocolate, tinned condensed milk, cream and most importantly, sweets and toffee. Although the original business was closed in 1923, the state continued operation of the sweet factory, and the sweets were produced by Cleeve’s Confectionery (Limerick). Cleeves Slab Toffee, sometimes called Limerick Cream, became the company’s best-selling product until 1974. Cleeves still produces a wide range of sweets and treats.