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Vintage Industrial Kenrick Letterbox no2 Original Antique 1880 Superb Condition

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Seller: jinnjann (1,791) 100%, Location: leeds, West Yorkshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 142181136838 A HUGE cast iron Letterbox (13 inches x 5 inches 125mm x 330mm) Almost big enough to post a mattress! What a beauty! In great condition And no pitting! These are rare enough but one in this condition is almost unknown. It was on the front door to the huge iconic Staybrite Steel works in Sheffield - (sadly now demolished) it was made by Archibald Kenrick who started manufacturing circa 1780! I put the condition down to the fact it was painted many times over it's (well over) century of use. All I have done is strip off the old paint - ready for whatever finish may be preferred. I can supply some huge brass wood screws (hard to get now) if required. Free if course! Below is shamelessly copied from Graces Guide! Exhibit at the Black Country Living Museum. 1945 1951 1954 July 1959. May 1960. Bronze statue on a cast iron base. 'Bettatools' of West Bromwich 1827 The name of Archibald Kenrick and Co was changed to Archibald Kenrick and Sons when Archibald Kenrick, Junior became a partner with his father Archibald Kenrick 1832 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned, Archibald Kenrick, the elder, Samuel Kenrick, and Archibald Kenrick the younger, as Ironfounders, carrying on business at West Bromwich, in the County of Stafford, was dissolved on the 29th day of September 1827...'[1] 1835 On the death of Archibald, two of his sons, Archibaldand Timothy had equal shares in the partnership. 1847 Due to the illness of Archibald, his son John Arthur Kenrick left university to assist his uncle Timothy in the family firm. John Arthur took responsibility for production. 1850 John Arthur's brother, William Kenrick (1831–1919), joined the company and became responsible for the commercial management. The commercial success of Timothy's 1846 patent for glazing and enamelling the metal surfaces of cast iron led to investment and the growth of home and overseas sales. 1852 New foundry erected 1857 William became a full partner. 1868 Production management was delegated to Frederick Ryland, a professional engineer who was also the first non-family manager employed in the family firm. 1873 George Hamilton Kenrick (1850–1939), cousin to the two senior partners, John Arthur Kenrick and William Kenrick, entered the firm; he became responsible for the day-to-day commercial management. 1878 Employing 700 persons and erect new offices and warehouses 1883 Became private company with John Arthur Kenrick as head. Employed roughly 700 workers and was capitalized at £201,700. Condition: Firth Browns Steelworks Letterbox!Rare as hens teeth in any condition but almost unknown in this superb order!, Type: Door Hardware/ Accessories, Sub-Type: Letter box, Material: Cast iron, Style: Industrial

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