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

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Muntz Metal Co



 R. Mead, Richard Mead worked in Rhodesia, now Zambia. Good quality rectangular planters and other very decorative copper.

Illustrations  Rhodesia
    Mears - mark on bells made in Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Marks W-Z
  Georg von Mendelssohn,  Hellerau near Dresden, Germany, c 1915/ 1920. Photo to follow.
    Messenger & Sons. Birmingham, candelabra, lamps and gas fittings.  Messenger & Sons
    N. V. Metawa, Tiel, Holland, name from 'metalware',  Trade name Metad'or for brass but also made pewterware, founded 1923 in the same town as Daalderop and Kurz.  Closed 1982, briefly revived but finally closed 1985. (information courtesy Aart W. Korstens) 

Mewco Metal Products, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, Copper jugs, etc.,

  MG mark on a sconce, this being the mark of Margaret Gilmour of Glasgow. 

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    Miami Brass Foundry, Dayton, Ohio.  This mark on a brass reproduction of a Coalbrookdale cast iron dish.
    Midland Lighting Co., 7, Corporation Street, Stanhope St. and Leopold Street, Birmingham manufacture the ‘Lampe Belge’. Lamp Makers A-R
     Edward Miller Co., Meriden, CT. makers of oil lamps and other holloware. E Miller Co.
    Minneapolis Handicraft Guild, 10th St & Marquette Av.S., Minneapolis, started in 1905, it ran until 1918 when it was incorporated into the University of Minnesota as the Department of Art Education.  A book: "Art and Life on the Upper Mississippi, 1890-1915" by Michael Conforti covers the Guild. Mirror imaged pair of peacocks reoccur in their work.  Harold L Boyle and Harry S Michie were the main metalworkers.   
    Mitchell, Canada, maker's mark under a fire lighter made from an old 4" shell case.  More information will be welcome.

  Moffat's, makers of patent candlesticks fabricated from sheet brass in Birmingham & Scotland, with their patent ejectors. In the 1835 directory, James Moffatt is at 11, Court, Thomas Street, Birmingham, tinplate worker.

    Monitor Engineering & Oil Appliances Ltd., Monitor Works, Redhill Road, Hay Mills, Birmingham, making stoves & blowlamps. They were later owned by Parkinson, then successively Parkinson Cowan and Thorn EMI before being sold to the Swedish Electrolux in 1987 and subsequently closed. Photo to come.
  Monkeys, Wise Brass Three Wise Monkeys
  Moorgate (Birmingham) Ltd., 84-5 Ryland Road, Birmingham, maker of 'Gunga Din' Products. 1930s & 1950s., company name dissolved July 1986.  While most of their production was of copperware, this is the underside of a miniature candelabrum where the base is a brass-plated zinc diecasting.
    Mora, Sweden.  Mora is near to the Falun copper mined there since the 8th century. Swedish Copperware
    S. Mordan & Co., London  The scale and weight making business was founded by Samuel Mordan at 22 Castle Street, London EC c1820 and later moved to City Road.  This mark on the beam of brass letter scales.
  English weights and measures: Names on weights - K to P
    L Moe, Trondheim, Norway, mark on the handle of a copper kettle.

 Morewood & Co.  Woodford Iron Works, Soho, Birmingham who described themselves as iron and metal manufacturers. They made castings in  brass such as finger plates, trivets and ashtrays.  This  mark is on a cast brass trivet. 

    Morton & Crowder  31&33 St George’s Place (K1900), then 208-232, Brearly Street, Birmingham, buttons, imitation jewellery studs, cuff links. - see: Buttonmakers Birmingham
    Mosda - Maurice Davis and Heaps, Birmingham, now Mosda Lighters.  Marks D
  Oliver Moss.  This label is under a tray that looks handworked in the Newlyn style.
   Mottahedeh & Co., Inc., 4 Corporate Dr., Cranbury, NJ 08512 Mottahedeh & Co., Inc. 225 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010.  Makers of reproductions.  This was found under a tea caddy.


   Mueller Brass Co, Port Huron, Michigan. formed in 1917 as Mueller Metals Company the company specialises in tube and fittings.  This label is on a promotional paperweight.



 Mundu, Indian tea company.  Who made their brass tea bowls in Germany?

  Muntz Metal Co., Elliot Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, started c1829 as G F (George Frederick) Muntz of Water Street, Birmingham, then (from 1842) French Walls Works, Alma Street, Smethwick, Staffordshire.  George Muntz's 1832 patent for 60/40 brass ship sheathing sheet was the basis of the firm's success.  The alloy is excellent for casting and can be hot rolled to a relatively thin gauge.  With a high content of zinc, it is cheaper than pure copper.  It was specified for the restoration of the 1869 'Cutty Sark' tea clipper in London. 

This P H (Phillip Henry) Muntz mark is on a tambourine made of the later Muntz leaded 70/30 brass called 'Nergandin'.

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  This mark is under a brass beaker richly decorated with a floral pattern of Indian type.  It was applied before the base was roughly turned.  Presumably the brass was supplied from the stock of sheet held by the Company's Indian depot mainly for ship's cladding. Muntz Metal Co 
  In 1921 the Company was bought by Elliott's Metal Co. who were in turn taken over by ICI Metals Division (later IMI) in 1928.  Company papers from 1863-1928 are lodged with Birmingham Central Library covering their business also making copper and brass tube. 

These are examples of promotional ashtrays, one in copper and the other brass. 

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  A closer look shows that Muntz included a description in an Asiatic language outside the central figure of Neptune guarding a three-masted ship of the day. Muntz Metal Co 
   Musterschutz  Another term for protection of registered designs used from late 19th to early 20th centuries.  It is seen on both cast and wrought brassware but occurs most often under ceramic steins and some plaques. German Copper
    Myatt, W. J.,  
   Mysto, W T French and Son, (William Thomas French), St Mary Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, makers of garden sprays, etc.  Photo to come.

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