A RARE ANTIQUE WELLS CAST IRON ENGINEERS LAMP No4IN GOOD CONDITION FOR ITS AGE AND USE . MEASURES 6" HIGH X APPROX 3" DIAMETER AROUND THE BASE The cast iron oil lamps, the "unbreakables" from the A. C. Wells & Co. are the best known. Arthur Collings Wells (A. C. Wells) founded the company in 1879 in Manchester, England. The company consisted of the Wells Mechanics Shop and the Wells Unbreakable Pulley Works. During the period of 1883 to 1900, the company applied for numerous patents dealing with industrial and domestic lighting systems and used these patents to produce a wide variety of oil lamps. It is thought the cast iron lamps were manufactured for Wells by the firm Ironfounders Henry Wallwork & Co. also in Manchester while Wells' Co. handled the sales and marketing of the lamps out of offices in both Manchester and London. A characteristic of all Wells' lamps is that the name in bold lettering is cast into the body of the lamp. Notable lamp models from Wells & Co. include the Wells' Engineers Lamp No. 4; Wells' Single Torch Lamps Nos. 5, 5A, 15 and 15A; Wells' Double Torch Lamp No. 6; South American Silver Mining Lamp No. 10; Hanging Lamp No. 16; Moulder's Lamp No. 20; Miner's Lamp No. 29, a design very similar to German frog lamps; and Miner's Lamp No. 32, a tunnel-style lamp. The lamp shown here is a small house-style lamp rarely seen but thought to find its way into the mines. The Wells Co. went out of business in the late 1930s.
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