It is believed the Fellows family began their ironworks and japanning business in Bilston in the 1730s. About 1800 the business moved to Pool Street, Wolverhampton. In 1860 Samuel James and Edgar Fellows, two of the three sons of the founder joined to form S. J. & E. Fellows, based in Graiseley Row. The business was very successful and began to produce a wide variety of holloware including milk churns, stoves, marine floats and buoys.
In 1888 the company won a gold medal at an exhibition held in Melboume, Australia to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. From the 1920s onwards, the company became involved in the production of metal products for the catering industry.
The original company of James Fellows and Son went on to become a subsiduary of S. J. & E. Fellows. In I 930, to take advantage of the market following the introduction of import tariffs, the company established Fellows Chamberlin Ltd at Barry Dock in Glamorgan to produce goods for the domestic enamelled holloware market. They eventually specialised in holloware production. The 1960s saw rapid expansion and production. However, economic depression in the 1980s and 1990s saw many job losses. Directors have included WH Corker, T Medley, JLF d'Arcy and C Swan.