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(C) Vin Callcut 2002-2014.  Small extracts can be used with acknowledgements to 'Oldcopper.org' website. 

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 Illustrations A

Acme™  A tradename used by many firms.  For whistles it was used by James and Joseph Hudson & Co.,  Birmingham. Marks Ho-Hz
Adie Bros, by 1950 Adie Manufacturing Co., Forster Street, Aston Cross, Birmingham, makers of whistles etc. (1940). Marks A
Adie, Charles Joseph Adie, 156, Warstone Lane, Birmingham, manufacturers of stationers sundries during the 19th Century.   They exhibited ink stands and similar brassware at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Marks A

Air Mail – intriguing unknown mark on lidded jug circa late 1930s.  The aircraft has an American ‘N’ registration.

 Marks A

 R G Agnew, High Street, Guernsey, cream jugs.     

 Guernsey & Jersey Jugs

  Aladdin Lamps Oil Lamp Makers
Albion Lamp Co., Ltd.  (Rippingills)  Aston Road North, Birmingham

 Marks A

 Alderson & Gyde, 36/7 Hall St., Birmingham 18, brassfounders and hearth furniture, catering supplies, 1952 jug

 Marks A

  E A Allen and Co, 67 and 68 Mott Street, St Georges, Birmingham, stampers and piercers, c1900.   Not to be confused with Ethan Allen, furnishing designers of USA.

 Marks A

Allen Everitt & Sons, Kingston Metal Works, Cambridge St (Wrightson & Webb 1835), then Adderly Street (Kelly 1867), Marks A  

 

  A M  Unknown Hardware manufacturer's mark found on a Victorian house bell system bracket. Marks A  

 A M & Sons on a cast trivet     

  Marks A

Anacortes Brass Works Ltd. Anacortes, Wash USA, established 1970 for the manufacture of emblems and buckles.  Marks A
  Anderson & Sons, Glasgow, mark on a jug, maker's details wanted.  Marks A

 Ansonia Brass Co     

 Marks A

 Argy Europe  details wanted.

 Marks A

 'Argyle' brand teapots, see Matthew J. Hart and Sons, Great Barr Street, Birmingham. Marks H
ARMAC Brassworks, 160 Dollman Street, Birmingham B7 4RS. tel: 0121 359 4821 fax: 0121 359 4698.  Current manufacturers of architectural and similar brassware.

 Marks A

 

 Army and Navy Stores, established in Victoria Street, London in 1871.

 Marks A

 AFC (Co?) on decorative string pot with scissors.     

  Marks F

 Askew, Nottingham, further information welcome.  Marks A
 Aston Brass & Engineering Co. Wood Lane, Bromford, Erdington, Birmingham.  (proprietors Valor Co.) Latterly the words ‘& Engineering’ were dropped from their name.  Plumbers brassfounders, (1926 -56 Kelly's Directory) Photo to follow.
 Aston Chain and Hook Co. Ltd., 29, Whitehouse Street, Aston, Birmingham, (pre 1907) then in the 1930s to a new factory in Bromford Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, to produce extruded and drawn rods, bars and sections (1937 Kelly).  They were taken over by Enfield Rolling Mills Ltd (c1955) and with them became part of the Delta Metal Group.  Now closed. Photo to follow.

 Atlas Metal Spinning, formerly located in So. San Francisco Ca.  It was started by George Adamis circa 1958 but is no longer in business.  (Thanks to Debbie Rutzdk). There is another of the same name in Willoughby, Ohio, USA, still in business. 

 Marks A

Atlanta Copperware mark found under a copper tankard made as a commemorative for Durban, South Africa.  This shows the antelope head outline.   Rhodesian Copper
 S Auld, by 1950 changed to David Auld & Sons, 91, Rochester St., Glasgow, SE, brassfounders, whistles and other items.   Marks A
Henry W Auster, Brass Founder, Birmingham  Marks A
 W T Avery of Birmingham, scale and weight manufacturer. Photo to come.

 Avon, USA  Avon Coppersmith (1910-1940), New York State      

 Marks A

 Illustrations  B

  ‘B’ mark on tankard

 Marks B

  B L & S (Sons) mark on furniture handles (photo Andrew Guion)

 Marks B

  CB  Handcrafted, Made in England, unknown mark.

 Marks B

LB - unknown mark found under a 1930s brass vase.

 Marks B

  Bailey Gill, - see Leslie & Co. Marks H-L
  Bailey & Mackey,  Durable Works, 173 & 174, Great Hampton Row, Birmingham, brassfounders, locks, handles and knobs with a Trade Mark of crossed door knobs with infill (1913) sometimes on architectural brass foundry, lock and latch furniture.  By 1956 they were at 7, Baltimore Road, Great Barr, making pressure gauges and later, transducers.  www.baileymackey.com. Marks B  
  William Henry Bagley (renamed from Stampings Alliance Ltd., c1900) hot stampers of Argyll St., Nechells) Viaduct Works, Aston, Birmingham  

 Marks B

 

 Baldwin Brass, USA Continuing modern production, USA

 Marks B

 Bancroft Brothers, die sinkers, had premises at 170, Hockley Hill, Birmingham, from 1871-1910. Photo to follow.

 Banks Brownsey,  Guernsey Jugs

 Guernsey & Jersey Jugs (Creamers)

  Barker & Allen Ltd., Spring Hill, Birmingham, makers of nickel silver (German silver) (1900) and bronze strip and wire, taken over by Delta Metal Co.  

 F Barnes & Son, London, mark on 18th century decorative stirrup.

 Marks B

 L Barth & Son, 30 - 32 Cooper New York, copper cookware. Marks B
 James Barwell, Great Hampton St, Birmingham, bellfounder making sizes from handbells to church bells from 1870-1920.  Marks B

 

 Bates and Klinke Inc, Attleboro, Mass., further details welcome. Marks B
 Bates Brass - Bates & Sons. 77 Spencer St.,  Birmingham B18 6DE   relatively recent production of items such as trays and souvenirs.  Possibly successors to Bates & Follows of 52, Frederick Street, Birmingham, 1970s.  Later products had paper labels instead of a stamped mark. Marks B
Battle Brand, Birmingham, makers of good copper cookware.  More details welcome.

 Marks B

 Bayley & Street – brassfounders (skillets, etc.) This mark is on a recent reproduction.

 Marks B

 Paul Beau, Mountain Street, Montreal, Canada (1871-1949).  A metalsmith in Arts and Crafts style, frequently mixing metals in a piece to obtain colour contrasts.  Later pieces may not have '& Co.)

 Marks B

 Beldray – see Bradley and Co.,  

 Beldray

 Benedict Proctor Mfg. Co.  (Flemish Copper)  Marks B
 Benetfink & Co., Cheapside, London, retailer as Benetfink & Jones (c. 1845-1851), Benetfink & Co. (1852-1861), Benetfink & Fox (1862-1866) and again Benetfink & Co (1867-c.1900).  Marks B

 Benham & Sons, 66, Wigmore Street, London and branches, later at Strafford House, Strafford Place Birmingham B12.  - Cookware  (1959 Kelly)

 Benham

 Benham & Froude c1790-1924, Chandos St, London The famous 'orb' was adopted because the cross on the dome of St Paul's Cathedral could be seen from the shop in London.   An orb may also have been used by other makers.  Interestingly, it also represents and inverted 'ankh', the Greek symbol for copper.

 Benham

  W. A. S. Benson, Hammersmith, London, c1880-1920.

 WAS Benson

   J. J. Bent & Co, Charlotte Rd, Stirchley, Birmingham, brassfounders, later Bent & Parker Ltd., of Harpers Hill Works, Northwood St., St. Pauls, Birmingham (c1900) then Pembroke Street Works, Worstone Lane, making belt buckle and bracelets.

 Marks B

 

 D Bentley & Sons, 254N Brd St Philadelphia.  Copper cookware.

 Marks B

  Benton and Stone, Bracebridge Street, Birmingham, (ENOTS)  Art Metalware, gas fittings, sprayers and, later,  motor car accessories (1901 Kelly).  By 1956 they were at 6, Aston Brook Street (tube works) and Witton Road. Lamp Makers A
Beresford and Son, Cato Street Works, Birmingham 7, manufacturers of brassfoundry, 

 Marks B

 Bergamot Brass Works, Darien, WI, USA, brass belt buckles and brass plated zinc diecastings.

 Marks B

 Berkshire Crafts, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

 Marks B

 Berry, Albert, unknown interesting mark.

 Marks B

Best & Lloyd, Wattville Road, Handsworth B21, brassfounders, light fittings. 

 Marks B

Bevan and Fleming, patentees and makers of the 'Thermoterion' part insulated lidded copper jug.  Maker's address unknown - information welcome.

 Marks B

 

Paul Beyer, Philadelphia, this mark under a small tray.

 Marks B

John Bibby, Sons & Co, Garston Copper Works, Garston, Liverpool, brand identity  'JBS&Co', provided some of the copper sheets for the late 19th century cladding repairs for HMS Victory. Photo to follow.

 Gebrüder Bing, Nürnburg, Germany, founded 1863 making kitchenware and toys.  Closed 1932.

 Marks Bi-Bq

Birmingham Battery Metal Co., Ltd.  Bristol Road, Selley Oak, Birmingham, wrought copper, brass and copper alloys, proprietors of Guests Brass Stampings Co. and Charles Ellis & Sons Photo wanted.

 

Birmingham Brass Co., Broad Street, Birmingham, set up to manage metal supplies for the Birmingham industry (c1829).  
 Birmingham Brass, Connecticut.   Marks Bi-Bq

 Birmingham Brass Manufacturers  

 Birmingham Brass

 Birmingham School of Handicrafts was started in the late 1880's at Kyre Hall with architect A S Dixon closely involved, then founded formally in 1890 with Montague Fordham as first director in Vittoria Street School for jewellers and silversmiths.  It was modelled on Ashbee’s 1888 Guild and School of Handicraft. but due to commercial pressures there was a merger with E & R Gittins in 1905 which brought Llewelyn Roberts in to the organisation.  In 1919 there was a further merger with Hart, Son & Pearl.

 Birmingham Guild

http://www.achome.co.uk/chronology/chronology.htm  

BSA Birmingham Small Arms Company, locations at Small Heath, Montgomery Street in Sparkbrook, Redditch and Coventry Rd., makers of cycles, motor cycles and many domestic products as well as firearms.  This mark on a machined brass oiler. Marks Bi-Bq

Thos. Edward Bladon & Son, 46, 99 & 101, Northwood Street, Hockley, Birmingham, , (previously John Bladon of Constitution Hill (K1829), then William Erhard Bladen, c1905)  makers of cart lamps. tinplate and blowlamps.  

  Lamp Makers A-R

Thomas Bland & Sons. . 41, 42 & 43 Whittall Street, Birmingham.  Gun manufacturer and merchants, machined brass products including oilers. Photo to come.
William Blews & Sons, 9,10,11-15 New Bartholomew Street, Birmingham, brassfounders established 1732, going strong 1890 but by 1900 their premises were in the name of Henry Bissecker, church bell and general brass founder.  

Photo to come.

Thomas Guy Blood, metal worker, of Neptune Works, 27, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham in 1910, then 32-38, William Street North, Birmingham by 1914.  Maker of 'Blood's Whistling Kettle'.  

Photo to come.

 

Bodhill & Co., Ltd., then Bodill Parker c1899, Albion Works, 33 & 36, Great Hampton Row, Birmingham, cabinetmakers brassfoundry, button sticks. Marks Bi-Bq

Boliden Sweden Extruded and continuously cast alloys.  They bought the McKechnie brass extrusion mill at Aldridge, Birmingham.

  McKechnie Bros

Thomas Bolton & Sons, manufacturer of copper and brass, initially in Birmingham, now in Cheadle, once the location of the Cheadle Brass Co.,  see: 'Thomas Bolton & Sons Limited, 1783-1983: the bi-centenary history of a major copper and brass manufacturer', John Morton. Moorland, 1983 Photo to come.
Matthew Boulton, entrepreneur with James Watt in early production of steam engines.  By 1800, he is listed with separate companies for buttons, plated goods, buckles, mint, medals, steam engines.  Founder of the Soho Manufactory, then on the outskirts of Birmingham, also the Soho Foundry. (At that time the mail to America was sent from Birmingham on the first Wednesday of each month.).  His Soho House is now a commemorative museum. Photo to come.
  Alexander Boyd & Son (Late Summers), 105 New Bond Street, London, W.  Their mark appears on food warmers and spirit burners. Marks Bi-Bq

 

B.P Co  Flemish Copper Benedict Proctor Mfg. Co. of Trenton, Ontario, Canada. Marks F

 Bradley & Co, Bilston (Beldray)  Originally Bradley & Co., made copper and brass art metal until c 1914, the company trade mark ‘Beldray' is based on an anagram of their company name, Bradley.  The figurative bell and dray (= lorry or truck) made a good symbol but sometimes only the name is used.  They remained at Bilston, near Birmingham until late in the century.    

 Beldray 

 

Websites: http://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/Museum/metalware/beldray/beldray00.htm  and http://www.englishmetalware.com

 Bradley and Hubbard 1852- 1940s, Hubbard was one of the inspirational leaders of the Roycroft movement in New York, well known for their Arts and Crafts industry.  Walter Hubbard & his brother-in-law, Nathaniel Lyman Bradley, started making cast iron clocks, tables, frames, andirons, lamps, chandeliers, sconces and sewing birds in 1854 in Meriden, Connecticut.  The company became Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Co. in 1875.  The Charles Parker Company bought the firm in 1940.

 Bradley and Hubbard

John D Brennan, (JJB and hammer mark) worked in Detroit and was a member of the Detroit Arts and Crafts Society.

 Marks Br-Bz

Brass & Alloy Pressings Ltd., Liverpool St. Deritend, Birmingham. 

 Marks Br-Bz

 Sacha Brastoff, designer enamels on copper

 Marks Br-Bz

J A Bratt, Clarence Works, Wolverhamton.

 Marks Br-Bz

BREVETE S.D.G.D  (brevete sans guarantee du gouvernment) French commercial registration mark. French Copper
   
W H Briscoe & Co. Ltd, 51, Park Street, Birmingham.  Stampings, pierced sheet work, machined components.  By 1956 they were at Wharfdale Road, Birmingham 11.  
Bristol Brass, Somerset, England Bristol Brass

 Bristol Brass, decorative housewares, founded 1991 in Bristol, Tennessee, now in Bristol, Virginia, USA.  There seems to be no connection with Bristol, England, where the British brass industry started.

 Bristol Brass

British United Clock Co., Ltd., Birmingham, provided the brass clock movements to be fitted in many cast brass ornamental cases.  
Thomas Brookes & Thomas Adams, 130, Barr Street, Birmingham.  Belt fittings, buckles.  Marks Br-Bz
Brooks, BCM/Brooks Birmingham Marks Br-Bz
Harald Buchrucker, metalworker in Bauhaus style during the 1930s in Germany. German Copper
  J Buist, Edinburgh, Scotland, more information welcome. Marks Br-Bz

 Bulpitt & Sons, 46, Northwood Street, Birmingham, later 153-161 & 175, Camden St., Winson Green, Birmingham (1886), taken over by BSR Group in the 1970's. Made lamps, copper presswork for kettles, lamps etc., later 'Swan' Brand kettles.

  Marks Br-Bz

Charles Bunn, Harbut Street, West Bromwich with logo in circle with cross.  Not in directories after c1900. Marks Br-Bz
 'Burmese'  mark found on dinner gongs of the period c1880-1910.    Marks Br-Bz
  Burmos - see Townson & Coxson Lamp Makers A-R

 J H Butler, hardware manufacturer and retailer, Wolverhampton, c1888-1970. 

 Marks Br-Bz

tp://www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk/Museum/metalware/general/butler.htm  

 Laurence Butler, Camborne, Cornwall copper and brassware since 1950s.  Now specialises in decorative bracelets.

Marks Br-Bz

http://www.chycor.co.uk/business/laurence-butler/ 

 Butte Copper, Montana

 Marks Br-Bz

http://www.copper.org/innovations/1998/03/butte.html

  Buttons Ltd., in 1913 they had three works site, Portland Street, Worstone Lane and Clissold Street making buttons, buckles and stampings. Trademarks include 'Three Domes' and crossed swords. Button Makers

 WB Co  see  under Williams Bros.  & Co. 

 Marks W-Z

C & B - more information needed on foundry making trivets and stands.

 

  C H Byron & Co. founded 1904 by Charles Hands in Oldbury in the Black Country.  Now at Byron House, 34 Sherwood Road, Aston Fields, Bromsgrove Worcs B60 3DR.  Originally makers of machined brassfoundry, doorbells and pushes

 

Marks Br-Bz

 

 

Marks C-G