Sinclairs began life in 1949 in Watergate, Doncaster. Edna Sinclair, grandmother to the current director of Sinclairs, opened a shop after the war when china and crystal was still in short supply.

She specialised in wares from factories such as Johnson Bros and Poole pottery, which were on allocation and came delivered by British Rail in wire crates packed with straw.

The business developed as chinaware became more readily available, moving to Georgian House, an imposing Georgian building at the top of Hallgate, in Doncaster, in the late 1950s.


Sinclairs Shop in Doncaster on May 1962 - Copyright from Dubdee on Flickr

In the 1960s the second generation of Sinclairs forged their own paths in the china business. John Sinclair opened his first shop on Glossop Road, in Sheffield, in 1967. The shop initially occupied a small part of a Regency terrace and was gradually expanded with the addition of a kitchenware shop and a luxury leather department. In March 2019 the store re-located to 399 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.

Sinclairs also expanded further afield, opening specialist shops in Stamford and in London and a factory outlet shop at Lakeside Village in Doncaster.

Sinclairs is still a family run business, now overseen by John Sinclairs son, Cristian. For 50 years Sinclairs has been one of the country's leading independent china, crystal and luxury leather goods specialists and our staff have over 40 years of experience and knowledge of the world's finest brands