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Drawings of ranges, stoves, pipes, ornamental and general castings, &c / made by the General Iron Foundry Company Limited [trade catalogue]
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TCQ 683.0942 GEN
Title page: 'International Exhibition, 1862. Prize Medal for excellence of workmanship especially in the large cooking aparatus exhibited by them'.
Includes index.
Includes fire ranges, grates, stoves, mantelpieces, rain water pipes, gutters, hot water apparatus, ornamnetal gratings, ventilators, stable fittings, enamelled goods, safes, wrought iron windows, air bricks, skylights, staircase and balcony balusters, balcony panels, barrow and truck wheels, shelf brackets and cantilevers, troughs, clothes posts, columns, sink traps, wall fences and ornamental spikes, field gate posts, frying pans, garden seats and tables, garden pumps, garden rollers, gas lamp posts, hinge fronts, iron hurdles, newals, pumps, trivets, railing bars, railing, entrance gates, scrapers, weights, desk, table and seat standards, tomb railings, window guards.
Contents: Includes plates numbered: 1-6, 8-9, 12-19, 24, 24a, 25-26, 29, 29a, 30, 30a, 31-33, 35-39, 42-48, 50-52, 56, 58-61, 63, 65, 65a, 66, 66a, 67-69, 69a, 69b, 70-74, 120-127, 129-130. 130a, 131, 131z, 132-133, 136, 138, 140-144, 150-151, 154-155, 161163, 165-171, 171a, 172, 172a, 173, 173a, 173b, 174, 174a, 175-179, 184, 186187, 191-192, 194, 196-198, 201-202, 214-216, 216a, 217-219, 221, 226, 228-230, 234-235, 237-238, 246-249, 254-255, 261-262, 270-271, 273-276, 282-283.
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London : General Iron Foundry Company Limited
1 vol. (unpaginated) : chiefly ill. ; 23 x 30 cm.
trade catalogue
The General Iron Foundry Co Ltd was a London manufacturer of wrought and cast iron goods from the mid 19th century. The firm was also engaged in the manufacture and installation of cooking, heating and ventilating equipment and accessories. They had offices,
warehouses and showrooms at 43 Upper Thames Street, London, in addition to the Lyons & Brooks' Wharves, 5 Broken Wharf and a factory at 9 Old Fish Street Hill from c1858. The firm participated in the International Exhibitions of London 1862 and Paris 1867, receiving a prize medal for excellence in workmanship in large cooking apparatus at London. During the 1870s the company expanded their interests to include the importation and manufacture of a range of marble chimney pieces and sales of Molines Patent wrought iron windows. By the early 1880s Samuel Rogers [1836-1919] had become manager, the firm expanding into safe manufacturing and cast-iron tube making. Among Britain's most prominent boilermakers and manufacturers and fitters of heating apparatus, the firm's operations remained at the same locations until c1963, by which time the General Construction & Engineering Company Ltd had emerged as an off-shoot from the original firm.
The technology of heating and ventilating developed from horticultural requirements to warm glass-houses in the early 19th century. The need for more efficient combustion of coal, for use in fireplace and chimney constructions, had led to the development of freestanding solid-fuel cast-iron stoves, steam and eventually hot water boilers and drought regulators. Introduced as early as the 1840s and 50s, General manufactured and fitted their cabin, shop, bath and harness room stoves, with their larger hot air stoves more commonly installed in church buildings and their larger kitchen ranges and hot water boilers installed in public and private institutions.
Mid 19th century improvements in casting techniques led to the development of more decorative ironwork and the increased use of architectural iron goods generally. The variety of sizes, styles and designs available in ornamental chimney pieces, staircases, balusters, railings, fences and window guards, illustrates manufacturing responses to changing fashions, increased affordability and widening demand across the British Empire. By the1850s cottage versions of ranges were available throughout Australian colonies, with modern closed ranges becoming increasingly common by the 1880s. New housing developments installed local and imported stoves, chimney pieces and architectural ironwork and inter-colonial and international exhibitions were particularly important in terms of household ironmongery, with cooking apparatus shown and advertised by suppliers and importers during the late Victorian period. [Marina Grilanc, September 2011]
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