A to Z of British Blowlamps: Manufacturers, brand / trade names, and other names.

The following A to Z has been adapted from a version originally produced for the Blowlamp Society quarterly publication Blowlamp News. Some of the blowlamp names & references are obscure, but are still included even if there is “no information” about them, providing a lead to further research. The A to Z (and the notes thereon) is by no means exhaustive, and is based on a number of lists and other sources. Any comments, additions or corrections would of course be very much appreciated. Please go to the feedback page.

Name                  (Brand / trade names in italics) Address or Location   Known B’lamp Manuf- acturer Brand / Trade       Name(s) Which See Notes

Generally, names in the notes in bold type can be cross-referred within the A to Z.

A        
A – E       No information.

ASL Airflow Ltd

Plume Street, Birmingham

 

Hot Rod

ASL Airflow Ltd (Associated Sprayers Ltd) produced (or supplied) a flame gun / weed burner (Hot Rod).                                Formerly known as French, W T & Son.

Abbott Birks & Co Ltd

Blackfriars Road, London

Yes?

 

Tools & equipment specialists. Known blowlamp examples are of a small jeweller’s type, with name stamped on the shoulder. No other information, and nothing to say that Abbott Birks were the actual manufacturers.

Acme

 

 

 

Example known is a self-heating soldering iron (SHSI). The only identifying marks are “ACME” stamped on the soldering copper head & filler cap. No information on the actual manufacturer.

Allan Brothers

Aberdeen

Manufacturer of engines and thrashing machines, founded 1898. Primus 617 starting lamp produced for them.

Allen, A H

King’s Heath, Worcestershire

Yes

Invincible

A known example, a small petrol blowlamp, has "Invincible", "A H Allen", and patent number 23741 imprinted on the tank. It has an unusual pump arrangement. No other information.

Allen-Liversidge 106 Victoria Street, London SW1       The firm, which amalgamated in 1920 with Imperial Light Ltd and the Dissolved Acetylene Company, under the name Allen-Liversidge, specialised in acetylene welding plant and blowpipes, and in night landing lights for aerodromes; also experimental work in this field. Small picnic burner, also run on acetylene. No known association with blowlamps as such.

Amor

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Love, Frank Ltd.

Anglo Swedish 

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Shaw, John & Sons, (Wolverhampton) Ltd (J S & S). See also Governor.

Ash

 

 

 

No information.

B      

Baxendale & Co Ltd  

Shudehill Mill, Miller Street, Manchester  

 

Beanco / Cobena

Hardware manufacturer  and supplier established 1863. Not thought to be a blowlamp manufacturer, but their name plate appears on various models of small petrol blowlamp by Max Sievert & others. The name also appears, stamped into the tank of a number of small Swedish style petrol lamps. See also the Swedish Lamp.  

Beanco

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Baxendale & Co Ltd.

Benson, J W Ltd

Ludgate Hill, & 25 Old Bond Street, W1

 

 

Makers of clocks and watches, and were also goldsmiths,  jewellers & silversmiths. Possible link to Valtock Ltd. Not known specifically as blowlamp manufacturers.

Berlyn, M H Co Ltd

Cradley Heath, West Midlands

Yes

Parasene / Plumbob

The Company was founded in 1905, although the production of paraffin blowlamps and pressure stoves did not commence until a later date. Due to similarities, there may be a connection with Taymar Ltd, and the Two Tiger(s) name.

Bering Engineering Ltd

Doman Road, Camberley, Surrey

 

 

The name can be found on an example of a flame gun / weed burner. No information otherwise.

Biggs Wall & Co

13 Cross Street, Finsbury, London EC

 

 

Gas engineers. Known example is of a jeweller’s type blowlamp, which has a Biggs Wall name plate soldered to the side. Not believed to be a manufacturer of this blow lamp.

Bi-Metals (Britinol) Ltd

St Mary's Works, Bridge Road, London N9

Yes?

Britinol / Rex

Manufacturers (assumed) of small spirit blow lamps. Also produced or supplied soldering outfits, solder etc.

Bladinol     Small methylated spirit blowlamp which looks much like a Britinol or Tinol. Therefore possibly produced for Bladon by Bi-Metals (Britinol) Ltd?

Bladon, T E & Son Ltd

Birmingham

Yes

Diamond Brand / Bladinol

Bladon as a manufacturing concern can be traced back to the 1870s. Although it is not certain, it is thought that they did not start the manufacture of blow lamps until 1926. However, there are to be found examples of a steel tanked paraffin model with a brass nameplate dated 1918. A large range of models / types were produced.

Braby, F & Co

London, Liverpool, Glasgow (& Adelaide)

 

Braby were founded in 1837, as galvanised iron manufacturers, and later, engineers associated with steel frame buildings. Not thought to be a blowlamp manufacturer, but their name plate appears on models of (probably) Swedish blow lamps.

Bradley, David  

USA?

Yes?

An example of a flame gun / weed burner, possibly made in the United States, and / or distributed by Sears Roebuck?

British Perfection

 

Brand / trade name of Burridge & Co.

British Safety Stove Company

Birmingham 12

Yes?

Safety

Also known as, and distributed by, Turley & Williams Ltd.

British Thermidor

 

 

 

A name probably associated with the brand / trade name Thermidor, of Heath, Samuel & Sons Ltd.

Briton, the         Possible reference to the Briton Motor Co, or Briton Lamps. No information otherwise, and no known association with blowlamps.  
Britinol         Brand / trade name of Bi-Metals (Britinol) Ltd.  

Brown Brothers

Great Eastern Street, London EC2

 

Duco / Imp Marco / Halcyon

Cycle and Motor Material Manufacturers and Merchants. Supplied (rather than manufactured?) a range of brazing lamps & outfits / blow lamps, including Duco & Marco, also paraffin & petrol blowlamps of ‘British Make’ & ‘Swedish Make’. See also the Swedish Lamp.

Buflam

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Twigg, Charles & Co.

Bullfinch

Kings Road, Birmingham

Yes?

 

Gas / propane fed blow torches / burners / soldering irons, and other gas equipment. No other information.

Burmos

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Townson & Coxson.

Burridge & Co

114 Leopold Street, Birmingham

Yes

British Perfection

Range of petrol blowlamps, and patented soldering-iron attachment. A possible link existed between Burridge and Heath, Samuel & Sons Ltd.

C      

Calor-Dex

 

 

 

Presumably a brand / trade name of Calor Gas Co Ltd, after the acquisition of Dex Industries Ltd, believed to be in the 1950s. Produced butane gas portable cooking stoves and blowlamps (using interchangeable fuel bottles?). See also Dexagas and WECO.

Campbell Gas Engine Co

Kingston, Halifax

Yes, for their use

 

Gas & oil engine manufacturers. Founded 1883. Known example of an engine starting lamp, manufactured for, and by, Campbell.

Chapman, J P J

Bournemouth

 

 

Known example of (probably) a Primus paraffin blowlamp, with the name Chapman imprinted on the underside of the tank.

Christopher Collins Limited

St Paul’s Square, Birmingham

Yes?

CrisCol

Advertised as makers of electric & acetylene lamps for motor & other vehicles, ships, railways etc. Company closed c1928. At least three models of blowlamp (and a stove) are known with the CrisCol name imprinted on the tank. Not known if they were the actual manufacturers.

Clayrite

Birmingham

 

 

Possible brand / trade name associated with oil cans, hydraulic jacks, automobile lamps. No known connection with blowlamps.

Cob

 

 

 

No information.

Cobena

 

 

 

No information. Possible brand / trade name.

Coleman-Monitor

 

 

 

Known examples of Monitor (type) paraffin and small petrol models. Possibly the outcome of a collaboration between the US / Canadian company Coleman, and Monitor Engineering and Oil Appliances Ltd.

Coles

 

 

 

A blowlamp known with this name, similar to a Garratt & Fowler.

Columbia

 

 

 

No information.

Comet   Possibly brand / trade name of Sinclair (& Co?).

Corona

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Howes & Burley Ltd.

Cotton & Johnson

Gerrard Street, London

 

 

Established c1800. Machine tools, equipment and metals stockist, and government contractors. Name associated with an early patent “torch” or “Self-acting Blowing-lamp”. Their name appears on a brass plate soldered to the tank of a small jeweller’s type blowlamp. No other information.

CrisCol

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Christopher Collins Limited.

Crossland, R & A G

Cartbridge Lane, Walsall

Yes?

 

Examples of pint paraffin blow lamps seen, some with (earlier?) wooden handle. Known to manufacture / supply copper cistern components. No other information.

Cross Country

 

 

 

Possibly a brand / trade name (manufacturer unknown) for a model(s) of a flame gun / weed burner.

D      

Davi-Jet

 

 

 

Probably a brand / trade name (manufacturer unknown) of a small (mains) gas blow torch.

Davis, B W

Birmingham

 

Easilod? / Davisian?

The name B W Davis is linked with the brand / trade names Davisian and Easilod. No other information.

Dex Industries Ltd

“Wee-Dex” Works,  Twickenham, Middx.

Yes

Wee-Dex

Produced butane portable cooking stoves and blowlamps (using interchangeable fuel bottles) and gas pokers. Believed to have been bought out by Calor in the 1950s when the name Calor-Dex may have been introduced.

Dexagas

 

 

 

Possible brand / trade name. See Calor-dex and Dex Industries Ltd.

Diamond Brand

 

 

 

Brand / trade name associated with Bladon, T E & Son.

Doesit

 

 

 

Name associated with a large capacity brazing outfit with flexible connection between tank and burner. Possible brand / trade name of the Kitson - Empire Lighting Co who produced a similar brazing outfit. (Similar also to one supplied by Brown Brothers). A quarter pint petrol / spirit blowlamp also known.

Duco

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of large brazing lamps / outfits supplied by Brown Brothers.

Duo-Burn

 

 

 

Paraffin blowlamps. Possibly a brand / trade name of the Swedische Lamp Co, and / or Meads Brothers.

E      

Easilit Blow Lamp Co

34 Watford Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham.

Yes

Easilit

Most notably, a model of blowlamp with dual control valves, for “improved safety, ease of lighting, and cleaning”. Presumably founded by, or associated with, Thomas Yates / Yates Brothers.

Easilod

 

 

 

Brand / trade name linked with Davis, B W. Also, possible link with Easilit Blow Lamp Co.

Empire

 

 

 

Model name given to certain Burmos blowlamps, made by Townson & Coxson Ltd.

Empire Furnace

 

 

 

No information.

English Blowpipe

 

 

 

No information.

Exhibit & Trading Co

 

 

 

Petrol blowlamp very similar to Criscol. Not known as a blowlamp manufacturer.

F      

Falk, Stadelmann & Co Ltd

London / Glasgow

Yes?

Veritas / Falks / Nova?

Company established 1881. Known for pressure lanterns / lighting. Not known if a blowlamp manufacturer? Their range of standard paraffin blowlamps had strong similarities to those of (for example) RM Manufacturing & Engineering Co Ltd, Meads Brothers, and possibly Berlyn, M H Co Ltd. See also Veritas.

Falks Veritas

 

 

 

A subsidiary (1919) of Falk, Stadelmann & Co Ltd.

Firefly

 

 

 

Brand / trade name associated with distributors Wrights of Lymm. Effectively these were Bladon / Diamond Brand petrol blowlamps (see also XL). Nothing known about their association with Bladon.

Fireman

 

 

 

Same as Firefly.

Fletcher Hardware

 

 

Two Tiger(s)

Example of a pint paraffin blowlamp known, similar to (for example) that produced by RM Manufacturing. Presumed to be a retailer / ironmonger supplier. May also have sold blowlamps under the Two Tiger(s) label, with a possible connection to Taymar Ltd.

Fluxite Ltd

West Lane Works, Rotherhithe, London

 

Fluxite

Known for solder paste, but also distributed a small soldering set with a Britonol type spirit lamp, stamped The Fluxite Lamp.

French, W T & Son

Birmingham

Yes?

Mysto / Hot Rod

Manufacturers of (mainly) garden and similar sprays (Mysto). Produced (or supplied) a flame gun / weed burner (Hot Rod). See also ASL Airflow Ltd.

G      

G.B.B.

 

 

 

Name in triangle stamped into side of tank of Primus type pint paraffin blowlamp with vertical burner. No other information.

Garratt & Fowler

London SE

Yes?

 

A mouth-blown type of lamp, advertised for the use of plumbers & painters, which was based on the 1882 patent of James Garratt, with at least six variations / models.

Gas Lighting Improvement Co, the  (GLICO)

London

 

 

The main business was motor spirit, oil and associated products.  A blowlamp with their name is known where the burner can be easily adjusted to a horizontal or vertical position, possibly based on a 1912 patent by Arthur Remington, Birmingham. No other information.

Gem

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Woodward & Copelin.

Georgian

 

 

 

Model name given to certain Burmos blowlamps, made by Townson & Coxson Ltd.

Glynwinna

Swansea (near to)?  

 

 

Name seen on brass plate soldered to tank of at least three models of paraffin and petrol blowlamps. Name also reported as seen on the underside of an Amor half-pint petrol blowlamp. Glynwinna not thought to be the manufacturer. May have been distributed by a company near Swansea, Wales, until just after WWII.

Governor

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Shaw, John & Sons, (Wolverhampton) Ltd (J S & S).

Greens / Greens Patent

 

 

 

Possible reference to 1909 patent of Walter Green, Birmingham, and Alfred William Heath, director of Samuel Heath & Sons. Involved adaptations of what appears to be the basic Burridge blowlamp. See also Pollitt’s.

Gudwrun Flux and Fittings Co

 

 

Gudwrun

Presumably producers of Gudwrun soldering flux, which was marketed / sold by the Sanitary & Water Fittings Mfg Co. No known connection with blowlamp manufacture.

Gumley, L

London

 

 

No information.

H        

H & S

 

 

 

A blowlamp known with this name, similar to a Garratt & Fowler.

Halcyon

 

 

 

Name on small brazing lamp much like a Howes & Burley. Trade name of / supplied by Brown Brothers.

Handy

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Hattersley & Davidson Ltd.

Hattersley & Davidson Ltd

Norfolk Street, Sheffield

Yes?

Handy

Known examples are of small jeweller’s type blowlamps, with name stamped on the lid / nameplate on tank. Engineers, brassfounders and pump manufacturers (from early 1900s?) Not known if Hattersley & Davidson were the actual manufacturers of blowlamps. Possibly produced and / or sold the Handy soldering set?

Heath, Samuel & Sons Ltd (S H & S)

Leopold Street, Birmingham 12

Yes.

Thermidor /  Heathware

Their origins as brass founders can be traced back to c1820. Stove & blowlamp production started as early as c1918. Samuel Heath & Sons Ltd bought out R M Manufacturing & Engineering Co Ltd in 1950. See also Heathware.

Heathware

 

 

 

Early brand / trade name of Heath, Samuel & Sons (S H & S). Also (later) the name seen on blowlamps with the RM Mfg logo, after RM Mfg & Engineering Co Ltd were bought out by Heath, Samuel & Sons (S H & S) in 1950.

Hauck Flame Gun Co Ltd

Wisbech

Yes?

 

Large capacity flame gun with flexible connection between tank and burner. Has label “The Hauck Flame Gun Co Ltd, Wisbech, England” on tank. Possibly manufactured in England under licence from the Hauck Mfg Co. Brooklyn, New York.

Hekla Furnace

 

 

 

No information. May be a name associated with a Swedish maker / brand name.

Hibernia

 

 

 

Name linked to Marples, William, and Sons Ltd. No other information.

Hobday, Henry Amos 45 High Street, Chatham  

Originally the partnership of Hobday & Tovey, until c1890. Thereafter, until 1939, H A Hobday was variously listed as tool merchant, cutler, and tool manufacturer. Name found on plate soldered to side of tank of large brazing lamp (Barthel ‘Diamantin’ type). Hobday were unlikely to have been the manufacturer; possibly a retailer, or their nameplate denoted ownership of the equipment. 

Hornsby - Akroyd

 

 

 

Name by which Herbert Akroyd Stuart oil engines were developed & marketed by Hornsby, Richard & Sons.

Hornsby, Richard & Sons

Grantham

Yes, for their use

Hornsby- Akroyd

Richard Hornsby & Sons were engine and machinery manufacturers. A heavy cast iron purpose built starting blow lamp was manufactured by and for them.

Hot Rod

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of French, W T & Son, and also of ASL (Airflow).

Howes & Burley Ltd 

Bishop Street, Birmingham

Yes?

Corona

Carriage & motor lamp / fittings manufacturers from c1900. Suppliers (or possibly manufacturers) of a small range of blow lamps / brazing lamps.

I      

Imp, the (Carlton Co, Boston, MA)

 

Yes

The Imp

Small alcohol torch manufactured by the Carlton Co, Boston, Massachusetts. Possibly this (or similar) was supplied by Brown Brothers.

Invicta

Canterbury

 

 

Contemporary tool supplier of a modern gas blowlamp. No other information.

Invincible

 

 

 

Brand / trade name associated with Allen, A H.

J        

John Bull

 

 

 

An early petrol blowlamp, very like a Sunbeam. No other information.

J S & S   See Shaw, John & Sons.
K        

KN

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of the King’s Norton Metal Company.

Kelite

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Kitson - Empire Lighting Co, the.

Kenrick, Archibald & Sons Ltd

West Bromwich

 

Bettatool / Aurora

An iron foundry from 1791. Cast iron hollow ware, ironwork, castings etc. Example(s) of a stove known with the name Kenrick & “Aurora” pressed into the tank and other parts. Not known as a blowlamp manufacturer.

King’s Norton Metal Company

 

Yes?

KN / Oriflamme

Originally a private mint, founded in King’s Norton in the 19th century. Later (with others) founded ICI, in 1926. Only blowlamp connection is nameplate on side of tank of an Optimus type pint paraffin blowlamp, which states KN, and ‘trademark’ Oriflamme. Not certain if a blowlamp manufacturer, though they appear to have been manufcturers of a pressure stove.

Kirk & Merifield

Bradford Street, Birmingham

 

Kirmer

Started 1893. Makers of bicycles, and later, motorcycles. Trade / brand name Kirmer. No other information. Not thought to be a blowlamp manufacturer.

Kirmer

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Kirk & Merifield.

Kitson - Empire Lighting Co, the

Stamford, Lincolnshire

Yes

Kelite

Company established in 1902 as the Kitson Light Foreign Supply Co, London. In 1914 amalgamated with Empire Light. Manufactured domestic lamps / lighting, stoves, and a range of blowlamps & brazing lamps, possibly from as early as 1914.

L        

Lake & Elliot Ltd

Albion Works, Braintree

 

Millennium / Express?

Motorcycle and motor tool manufacturers. Name found on plate soldered to side of tank of large brazing lamp (Barthel ‘Diamantin’ type). Not known if Lake & Elliott were the manufacturers or retailers of said brazing lamps.

Lamb Lamp & Tool Company

 

Yes?

Lamb?

The company was taken over by Shaw, John & Sons, (Wolverhampton) Ltd in c1914. The Lamb brand name was adopted by John Shaw for their small petrol blowlamps, a self-heating soldering iron, and a small laboratory lamp, but it is not known if any of these had been produced by the Lamb Lamp & Tool Company prior to its takeover.

Lidgerwood & Co

Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire

 

 

(Possibly) machinery and marine engineers / general export merchants. Name possibly appears on a brazing lamp. Also, a known reference to a filler cap illustration, and a Kelite plaque.

Little Wonder

 

 

 

Small (early) petrol models numbered 1 and 2 noted. Little Wonder possibly a brand / trade name of an (as yet) unidentified manufacturer.

London Furnace Company

 

 

 

A portable lead / glue etc melting stove / furnace, model number 710 noted, with a Primus 702 blowlamp supplying the heat. Otherwise nothing known of the Company.

Love, Frank Ltd

Westminster Bridge Road, London

 

Amor / Roma / XL

Plumbers brass / lead work, valves, fittings etc. Company established in 1908 from which first blowlamp is said to date. The Roma and XL models seem to be versions of a Diamond Brand, whilst the Amor – a small petrol blowlamp – has quite distinctive features. Not known if Frank Love Ltd were the manufacturers of the Amor blowlamps..

M      

Macrome Ltd

Berkeley Road East, Hay Mills, Birmingham

 

 

Macrome manufactured machine tools etc, and provided a surface treatment for steel. Their name (as suppliers) appears on a stick-on label on Burmos paraffin blowlamps.

McAllan

Walton-on-Thames

 

Paramajor?

“Paramajor 24” flame gun reported. No other information.

McCaul

 

 

 

The name McCaul (model M126) has been seen stamped into the tank of what appears to be a Monitor 125/126. No other information.

McNume

 

 

 

Name associated with a spirit lamp. No other information.

MACOL (or Marcol)

 

 

 

Possibly acronym, or brand / trade name for Manufacturers Accessories Co Ltd.

Manufacturers Accessories Co Ltd

London?

 

Macol?

Possibly MACOL. No other information.

Marco

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of brazing lamp(s) supplied by Brown Brothers. Also, name stamped on examples of (early) small petrol blow lamp, but not known if linked with Brown Brothers.

Marion

 

 

 

Possibly manufacturer of photographic equipment. No known association with blowlamps.

Marples, William, and Sons Ltd

Sheffield

Yes?

Hibernia / Shamrock

Tool manufacturers. Known examples are of a small jeweller’s type blowlamp (Shamrock / Hibernia brand?). Not known if Marples were the actual manufacturers.

Matthews, Henry & Co

 

 

 

No information.

Meads Brothers

Phoemax Works, Temeside, Ludlow

Yes?

Phoemax / Duo-Burn

Listed as “pressure oil appliance manufacturers” in 1955. Their trade names appear on stick-on labels on paraffin blow lamps, but not known if Meads is the manufacturer. Model types are similar to RM Mfg & Engineering Co Ltd, and so possible connection? See also Swedische Lamp Co.

Melhuish, R, Ltd

Fetter Lane, London EC

 

 

Richard Melhuish & Sons were tool stockists / distributors. They sold the blowlamps of several other makers, to which the Melhuish nameplate is sometimes attached.

Merx Ltd

Sevenoaks / St Andrews Hill, London EC4

 

 

A “self heating” soldering iron, thought to have been fuelled by calcium carbide? What are thought to be two French versions are also known, Mox and Alox. 

Metal Agencies Co

 

 

 

Founded 1894. Builders' engineers, plumbers' merchants, ironmongers etc. Manufacturers of fireplaces and tubular steel products. Possible suppliers of blowlamps, otherwise no known connection.

Metropolitan

 

 

 

No information.

Monitor (Engineering &) Oil Appliances Ltd

Birmingham

Yes

Monitor

Monitor were a prolific manufacturer of blowlamps, brazing lamps, pressure stoves & other oil appliances. The origins of the company are unclear but they were owned from an early stage by Parkinson, W & Co Ltd, a part of Parkinson & Cowan Ltd.

Monument Brand

Brixton, London.

 

 

Monument is the brand name of Monument Tools, a supplier of plumbing tools. Known blowlamp examples are of a small jeweller’s type, with Monument Brand stamped on the base of the tank. No other information, and nothing to say that Monument Tools were the actual manufacturers.

Moon & Stars (logo)

 

 

 

Paraffin blowlamp (with stick-on ‘Moon & Stars’ logo) similar to those produced / distributed by Berlyn, M H Co Ltd.

Moore & Wright (Sheffield) Ltd

Handsworth, Sheffield

Yes?

Moorite

Precision and hand tools manufacturer. Their name is stamped on the base of the tank of a range of small jeweller’s type blowlamps, but nothing to say that Moore & Wright were the actual manufacturers.

Mosers

Borough High Street, London SE1

 

 

Engineering, hardware & tools distributors. Name associated with a spirit lamp. No other information.

Multum in Parvo

 

 

 

Known example is of a small jeweller’s type blowlamp, similar to a type found with a Melhuish label. Nothing to say who were the actual manufacturers. Multum in Parvo means "much from little".

Mysto

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of French, W T & Son, supplier (or manufacturer?) of the Hot Rod Flame Gun / weed burner.

Mytaz

 

 

 

Name associated with a flame gun / weed burner. No other information.

N        
Nordic   The name "Nordic, made in England" appears on a stick on label, on Veritas (type) paraffin blowlamps.

Nurse, Charles, & Co

Invicta Tool Works, Walworth Road, London

 

 

Tool merchants. Supplied an “improved” self-heating soldering iron, the manufacturer of which is unidentified.

O      

Oriflamme

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of the King’s Norton Metal Company.

P        

Parasene

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Berlyn, M H Co Ltd.

Parkinson, W & Co Ltd

London & Birmingham

 

Monitor?

Gas apparatus manufacturers. Started in 1816. Merged with W & B Cowan in 1900 to form Parkinson & Cowan Ltd. Parent company to Monitor (Engineering &) Oil Appliances Ltd.

Peak Gas

 

 

 

A butane blow torch known, with replaceable fuel canisters.

Perrin Hughes & Co Ltd Hatton Garden, Liverpool   Brass nameplate appears on a modified Optimus Nobel (type 411) pint paraffin blowlamp, presumably produced for a special purpose.

Petroflam

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Twigg, Charles & Co.

Phoemax

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Meads Brothers, Ludlow. See also Duo-Burn.

Pinchbeck

 

 

 

No information.

Plumbob

 

 

 

Believed to be a brand / trade name of Berlyn, M H Co Ltd.

Pollitt’s

 

 

 

Name (possibly) appearing on blowlamp, being the subject of the 1909 patent of Walter Green and Alfred William Heath concerning adaptations of what appears to be the basic Burridge blowlamp. (See also Heath, Samuel & Sons, and Greens / Greens patent).

Pool, W H & Sons

Chipstaple, Taunton

Yes, for their use

 

Company formed in 1847 as wheelwrights. Manufacturers of oil engines from the late 1890s. Example known of an engine starting lamp, manufactured for, and by, Pool.

Portable Furnace & Patents Co Ltd, the

381 Mansfield Road, Carrington, Nottingham

Yes?

 

Portable lead etc melting furnaces, at least three models noted. Sometimes referred to as Tyers Patent, Carrington, based on the patents of Frederick W Tyers, of Carrington, Nottingham, and possibly on the patent(s) of J O Tyers, one time M.D. Also possible connection with Prichard, Hugh & Co and Sheen.

Pratt, A & Co 

London

 

 

A blowlamp known, with this name, similar to a Garratt & Fowler. No other information.

Premier, the

 

 

 

Name given to small petrol blowlamp by Smallwood Brothers.

Pritchard, Hugh & Sons Ltd

Greasley Street, Nottingham

Yes?

 

Believed to be manufacturers of Sheen  flame guns / weed burners. Possible connection with the Portable Furnace & Patents Co Ltd.

R      

RM Manufacturing & Engineering Co Ltd (Robins & Malin?)

Birmingham

Yes.

RM?

RM Manufacturing & Engineering Co Ltd were bought out in 1950 by Heath, Samuel & Sons Ltd, who then sold blowlamps under the RM name, with the addition of the Heathware brand / trade name. Said to have had a factory capable of making stoves and blow lamps. Models found are similar to those by Meads Brothers.

Radiweld

 

 

 

No information.

Rawlplug Co Ltd

London

 

Rawlplug

Manufacturers of (mainly) wall fixings. Small spirit blowlamp known, similar to Bi-Metals (Britinol) Ltd. Not known if Rawlplug were the actual manufacturers.

Regency

 

 

 

Model name given to certain Burmos blowlamps, made by Townson & Coxson Ltd.

Reliance Patent

 

Yes?

 

Known for (early) petrol blowlamp with cast brass tank. Similar to the American Gierth patent torches. No other information. Possibly sold by Marples, William, and Sons Ltd.

Rex

Bridge Rd, London N9

 

 

Brand / trade name of Bi-Metals (Britinol) Ltd.

Robins & Malin

 

 

RM?

Thought to be the RM in RM Mfg & Engineering Co Ltd.

Rolls Royce (nameplate).

 

 

 

Nameplate with Rolls Royce, Patent 1927 imprinted thereon, soldered to tank of a Howes & Burley Ltd blowlamp. Possibly equipment owned by Rolls Royce with name thereon to mark ownership?

Roma

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Love, Frank Ltd. The Roma is very likely a Diamond Brand / Bladon.

Ronson

 

 

Varaflame

Butane type blow torch.

Ross, Courtney & Co

Upper Holloway, London, North

 

 

Established 1890. Manufacturing engineers, for the motor car and electrical trades. Known blowlamp example is a small jeweller’s type, with brass nameplate soldered to tank. Not known as a manufacturer of blowlamps.

S      

Safety

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of British Safety Stove Co Ltd. See also Turley & Williams Ltd.

Safety Stove

 

 

 

Probably a variation of the name British Safety Stove Co Ltd.

Sanitary & Water Fittings Mfg Co  

London

 

 

Suppliers of Gudwrun Soldering Flux. Gudwrun was a brand / trade name of the Gudwrun Flux and Fittings Co. The Sanitary & Water Fittings Mfg Co is not known as a blowlamp manufacturer.

Sevenoaks     Possibly a reference to Merx Ltd, Sevenoaks. No other information.  

Shamrock

 

 

 

Possibly a brand / trade name of  Marples, William, and Sons Ltd.

Shaw, John & Sons (Wolverhampton) Ltd    (J S & S)

Wolverhampton

Yes

Governor / Lamb / Anglo Swedish

The company dated back to c1800 and were manufacturers and later wholesalers. Shaw’s took over many companies, including the Lamb Lamp & Tool Company in c1914. It is believed that at about this time they started the production of their varied range of blowlamps, notably under the Governor brand.

Sheen

 

 

 

Possibly a brand / trade name of a flame gun / weed burner, possibly by Prichard, Hugh & Co.

Shirley, Alfred Ltd

83 Clifford Street, Birmingham  B19

 

Hecla

Known examples are of a small jeweller’s type blowlamp with name stamped into lid. Not known if Alfred Shirley Ltd were the actual manufacturers. Alfred Shirley were known as general brassfounders, for hearth furniture, and Hecla copper cylinder hot water bottles.

Shirley, Arthur & Edward

Coventry

 

 

Produced patent (c1900) for blowlamp which was manufactured by Bridgeport Brass Co (Queen) Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Simplex, the

 

 

 

Associated with (or sold by) the name Tyack (or possibly Tyzack?) No other information.

Sinclair (& Co?)

Finsbury?

 

Comet?

Possible association with Sinclair & Co, who exhibited a liquid fuel burner to generate steam, in 1900. Name also possibly associated with the brand / trade name Comet. No other information.

Smallwood Brothers

76 Bury New Road, and Mount Pleasant, Manchester

Yes?

Premier, the

Listed as “inventors, patentees & makers”. Recorded as being operational between at least 1916 & 1935. There may be a connection to British patent 5047 awarded to a John Smallwood & William Crowther in 1904. The Premier said to look like a Reliance Patent.

Soutter, W & Sons Ltd

Farm Street, Birmingham

 

Soutterware                  

Art metal workers and manufacturers of electric light and gas fittings. Name imprinted on brass plate, soldered to side of Barthel type brazing lamp. No other information.

Stesco

 

Yes?

 

A small coil burner stove known (possibly part of a series of spirit lamps?). Stesco possibly the manufacturer?

Stirling

 

 

 

A paraffin blowlamp, possibly by Falk, Stadelmann & Co Ltd, sold under the name Stirling.

Stones (Patent Universal Regulator)

 

 

 

Known examples are of a small jeweller’s type blow lamp. No other information.

Strength Brand

 

 

 

Blowlamp(s) example similar to Burridge & Co. No other information.

Stuart Turner & Co

Henley-on-Thames

Yes?

 

From 1906 the company produced model steam engines, gas engines etc. A blowlamp is associated with the name (possibly with a Primus burner?), and possibly for use with a Babcock boiler. Not known if Stuart Turner were the manufacturers of the blowlamp.

Sunbeam, the

 

 

 

Small petrol example known with “The Sunbeam Blow Lamp, Guaranteed British Made” impressed into the tank. No other information. See also John Bull.

Swede, the

 

 

 

A version of an Amor small petrol blowlamp. (See also Love, Frank). Has a brass nameplate soldered to the tank with The Swede, Trade Mark, and British Production”, and an image of an actual Swede.

Swedish, the

 

 

 

Name which could refer to the Swede or, more likely, the Swedish Lamp.

Swedish Lamp

 

 

 

The name Swedish Lamp (probably attributable to B A Hjorth & Co) was also later given to similar models produced by other Swedish, and possibly British, manufacturers intended for resale by stockists or retailers. Possible (British) examples of this are Beanco, and Brown Brothers.

Swedische Lamp Co

Ludlow

Yes?

Duo-Burn

A pint paraffin blowlamp with the name “Duo-Burn by Swedische Lamp Co” on label. A connection therefore with Meads Brothers. See also Phoemax and Duo-Burn.

Swift Jet

 

 

 

A small spirit blowlamp similar in style and principle to a Valtock. No other information.

T        

T & W

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Turley & Williams Ltd / British Safety Stove Co Ltd.

Tangye Brothers

Cornwall Works, Clement Street, Birmingham

 

 

Company started in 1856 by Richard Tangye. Manufacturers of engines and other heavy equipment. Two types of starting lamp were manufactured by Bladon for starting Tangye engines. Max Sievert also supplied starting lamps for Tangye engines.

Taymar Ltd

Manchester 3

Yes?

Taymax

May also have supplied blow lamps under the Two Tiger(s) label, for resale by Fletcher Hardware, a UK retailer and ironmonger supplier. Taymax blowlamps are like those of Berlyn, M H Co Ltd, so a possible connection.

Taymax

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Taymar Ltd.

Tecalemit

Plymouth and Brentford

 

 

Company started 1927. Lubrication specialists. No known connection with blowlamps. There are German blowlamps with the name Tecalemit, similar to certain Barthel models.

Terladon

 

 

 

Name (may be incorrect) associated with a jeweller’s type blowlamp. No other information.

Thermidor

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Heath, Samuel & Sons Ltd.

Tiger

 

 

 

By Taymar Ltd or similar. A possible derivation of the name Two Tiger or Two Tigers. Possibly also a brand / trade name for a flame gun / weed burner.

Tilley Lamp Co

Various, including London, & later, Belfast

Yes

 

Manufacturers of pressure lamps from as early as c1818. At least two models of refrigerant leak detector lamps were manufactured in Belfast.

Tinol British

 

 

 

A small spirit blowlamp similar to Bi-Metals (Britinol) Ltd and which has the name Tinol imprinted into the tank side. Tinol were thought to have been originally of German manufacture, so Tinol British assumed to have been manufactured or distributed under license?

Toga

 

 

 

Known examples are of a small jeweller’s type blow lamp. No other information, and nothing to say that Toga were the actual manufacturers. Possibly sold by Buck & Hickman.

Tomes & Son(s)

London

 

Letter T, within a star

Not thought to be a blowlamp manufacturer, but their name plate appears on a standard paraffin blow lamp. Possibly a firm of monumental masons. Name on the blowlamp possibly to mark their ownership, rather than as a retailer?

Townson & Coxson Ltd

Essington Street, Birmingham 15

Yes

Burmos

Makers of Burmos brand portable stoves, gas rings, blowlamps, sprayers etc. Some Burmos blowlamps were given model names, such as Empire, Georgian, Regency, Tudor, Windsor. See also Macrome Ltd.

Tudor

 

 

 

Model name given to certain Burmos blowlamps, made by Townson & Coxson Ltd.

Tudorcourt Gas Appliances Ltd

47 - 48 Piccadilly, London, W1

 

 

Possibly a propane type blowlamp known. No other information.

Turley & Williams Ltd

Highgate Street Works, Birmingham 12

Yes?

Safety /      T & W

Also known as British Safety Stove Co Ltd. Believed to have started c1925. Stove manufacturers. Their name is found stamped into the (steel) tank of WWII production paraffin blow lamps.

Twigg, Charles & Co

Perry Bar, Birmingham

Yes

Buflam / Petroflam

Light engineering manufacturers during the 1940s and 50s. They produced a small range of lamps, blowlamps, & stoves under the Buflam and Petroflam labels. The company went into receivership in 1957.

Two Tiger, or Two Tigers

 

 

 

Believed to be a brand / trade name of Fletchers, a UK ironmonger supplier. Blow lamps with the Two Tiger(s) label were like those produced / supplied by Taxmar Ltd or Berlyn, M H & Co, so a possible connection.

Tyers Patent, Carrington

Nottingham

 

 

Name by which the Portable Furnace & Patents Co Ltd is sometimes referred to, based on the patents of Frederick W Tyers, of Carrington, Nottingham. (The Tyers of Carrington name later reappeared on a propane burner). 

U      
Underhay, F G  Clerkenwel, London   Engineers, brass founders etc. Name associated with a spirit lamp. No other information.
V        

Valtock Ltd

Warwick /  Sherwood St, London

Yes?

Valtock

Valtock Ltd produced three models of blowlamp, burning methylated spirit, two of which were “automatic” (or self-acting). No other information.

Velocity

 

 

 

Thought to be a blowlamp retailer. No other information.

Veritas

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Falk, Stadelmann & Co Ltd. The German Veritas trademark had been owned by Jean Stadelmann & Co and was acquired by Falk Stadelmann in London, initially for gas lamp mantles. The name Veritas (or their logo, a "V" within a trefoil shape) is seen on at least two models of small (early) Swedish type petrol blowlamps.

W      

W & W

 

 

 

Known examples are of a small jeweller’s type blow lamp, with name stamped on tank base. No other information, and nothing to say that W & W were the actual manufacturers.

WECO

 

 

 

Name associated with Calor (see Calor-Dex). A gas fired soldering iron known with the names Calor & WECO.

Wee-Dex

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Dex Industries Ltd.

Wells, A C & Co

Manchester, & London

Yes?

 

Started c1888. Produced a range of “light lamps” having heavy cast iron (pressurised) tanks, and burning tar oil to produce a flame for lighting. Also noted for their “kettle torch lamps”, paint sprayers, filters etc.

Willard Brown (T B Sims)

Windsor, Berkshire

Yes?

 

Manufactured (?) a twin tube type meths blowlamp similar to Valtock.

William Hurlock, Junior Ltd

Denmark Hill, London

 

 

Tyre distributors / manufacturers(?). No known connection with blowlamps.

Windsor

 

 

 

Model name given to certain Burmos blowlamps, made by Townson & Coxson Ltd.

Woodward Brothers & Copelin Ltd

Peckham S E / Sutton / Croydon

Yes

The Gem / Gem Lamp

Company first recorded in 1904. Closed 1947. Produced a range of brazing lamps including a model with twin tanks and flexible hose to the burner.

Write & Butler Lamp Manufacturing Co

Birmingham

 

 

Company started in 1866, and patented & produced lamps, burners and stoves. The initials WB appear, inscribed into the tank of an early Max Sievert type S, but not known if connected. Falk, Stadelmann & Co Ltd had incorporated Write & Butler (by 1933).

Wrights of Lymm Ltd

Lymm, Cheshire

 

Firefly / Fireman

Company established 1840. Associated with gilding, sign writing etc. Two brands of blowlamp are known, Fireman and Firefly, based on Bladon / Diamond Brand products (with handle variants). Also thought to have sold a range of Max Sievert blowlamps in the 1950s, and also said to be agents for Taymar Ltd.

X      

XL

 

 

 

Brand / trade name of Love, Frank Ltd. The XL appears to be a Diamond Brand.

Y        

Yates Brothers Ltd

Darwen, Lancashire

Yes

Easilit

Thomas Yates was described as “Traveller”, of  “Sunnyhurst”, Darwen, Lancashire. Took out a patent in 1908 for a “Blowlamp with dual control valves, for improved safety, ease of lighting, and cleaning”. Presumably founder of / associated with, the Easilit Blow Lamp Co, Kings Norton.

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