It will be seen that these irons are divided into three classes, which are (putting them in order of price) list brands, good marked iron, and common iron.
List Brands are those used by some of the oldest established manufacturers, known as the list makers, who having years ago obtained a good character for their iron, and thereby secured a connection for their productions, are able, as a rule, to dispose of it and to fix their own prices. Of late years many of the old Staffordshire firms have died out, and other districts are coming to the front as making special classes of iron suitable for special purposes. Many engineers however, who have heard of the good qualities of the iron in former days, or are unwilling to take the responsibility of a change, still specify the brands to which they have been accustomed, though they pay a higher price for doing so.
As specimens of list brands, the following are given : - l
1 It will be understood that a few of the brands of each sort are given as specimens; it is not intended to assert that they are the best in the market.
is the brand used by Messrs. Bradley of Stourbridge, known by engineers as "SC Crown Iron."
BBH is the mark used by Messrs. W. Barrow and Sons, of South Staffordshire.
stands for John Bagnall and Sons (Limited), Staffordshire.
is the brand of the New British Iron Company.
the brand of various makers and firms with or without their initials.
is the brand of Messsrs. Philip Williams and Sons, Wednesbury Oak Works, known as "Mitre Iron."
are brands used by Messrs. Brown and Freer (late Hunt and Brown), Leys Ironworks near Stourbridge.
is the brand on galvanised iron of Messrs. William Lee and Company, Gospel Oak Works.
Good Marked Iron is that produced by many manufacturers of repute, who do not belong to the list makers; their brands are well known, but not so long established. Their iron can be purchased at 5s. to 15s. a ton cheaper than the list brands, though it may be of exactly the same quality when gauged by the result of tests. They frequently brand iron with their names, initials, or devices, and with the usual additions to denote quality - such as best, best best, best best best. A good deal of this iron is made in North Staffordshire.
B iron, or iron of equal quality, is generally specified for bridges, roofs, and other ordinary structures in iron.
Under this head the following brands are given as specimens : -