As always please feel free to comment.
I am very pleased to have been contacted by Pierre Luc-Bordreault, owner of a glazing company in Canada called Vision 2000 regarding a floor closer that I have highlighted before on the blog (Leader/Britannic). Pierre has stated MFS is the only source for this particular model so I am thrilled to have been able to assist. The Leader/Britannic's new home will be the French Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.
As you can probably make out this is a very powerful floor spring, used predominately, I have found, on more substantial heavier entrance doors.
As always please feel free to comment.
Today I traveled to Chesterfield to inspect some door closers that were not functioning as they should. they were fixed to two toughened glass doors in the entry way to the Church of St Mary and All Saints, known to many as the church with the twisted spire.
More information on the wonderful and very popular Grade 1 listed 14th century church can be found here:
The Champions had lost their ability to hold the glass doors closed in windy conditions. We re-tensioned and adjusted the closing speed of them which means the church can now keep its existing period door closers.
The Champion 3A's were manufactured by the Forson Design and Engineering Company Ltd around the mid 1950's.
On completion of the works to the Champions I noted there was an even earlier surface mounted door check on one of the two main outer doors. It is in a bad state of repair but is not beyond saving, I hope to be able to work on this beauty in the future after informing the Church of its existence (Just in case they were not already aware).
Some readers may recognise this early patent model door check from an earlier blog post of mine, but can anyone see what aids the door spring/check in its goal or possibly put better how the door spring/check is aided?
Finally here are some shots of the gravity defying, fantastically crooked spire that is known and loved so much, locally, nationally and quite possibly even further afield.
As always please feel free to comment.
Early last week before attending The Star & Garter I went to
view some 'Parwinac's' at Rutland Court in Hove after being contacted by Andy Payne from work-right.co.uk.
I was informed that the flats were built in 1934 by The Norwich Union for rental purposes but are now all privately owned.
On arrival I was surprised to find the 'Parwinacs' were not floor springs, they are an in heel door spring/spring pivot, similar to what I know as a Bommer, possibly supplied by Parker, Winder & Achurch.
There were floor springs (not working correctly) at the main entrance branded as Parwinac's (Parker, Winder & Achurch) however as can be seen from the pictures these are in fact Singlo's and Duplo's, a floor spring I have covered previously.
The problem with the 'Bommer's' were that the Fire Officer had identified a problem with them as they were not closing the corridor doors, were not centering and if opened far enough were holding the doors open at 90 plus degrees.
I have been asked to provide a quote to remove the doors, take apart the press fitted in shoe door springs, source and replace the tired springs, make them not hold open, possibly weld back together the housing, refit the spring to the door and then rehang the doors, without removing them from site.
I have included the the top centre picture as again this is one I have not come across before, it does not retract in the usual manner by turning a slotted screw, but is controlled by some sort of spring mechanism I have yet to investigate.
It should also be noticed that the springs in the 'Bommer' are of an unusual flat surface design, possibly for getting more spring per inch, so to speak. I have only seen flat coil springs in Robert Adams designed floor springs previous to this.
Monday morning I awoke at 4.15am and set off for The Star & Garter Home at around 5.15am to 5.30am. Despite the sat-nav (always the sat-navs fault) sending me the wrong way I eventually arrived at the impressive Star & Garter Home. After parking, feeding the meter and unloading my tools I was then shown the Gibbons I was to work on.
Removing the brass cover plate and then the cover plate beneath I discovered the mechanism was sat in water and had probably been that way for years.
I decided the only way forward was to drill the box from the floor which took over 5 hours of continuous drilling, eventually I removed the box to see the protrusions underneath the box and understood why it had been so difficult to remove from the floor. I then quickly removed two later Yannedis supplied 400's that had their pins cut off, packed my tools away and grabbed a bag I was handed earlier which I found out contained two versions of more modern model Gibbons.
Leaving site at around 5.30pm I ran into the notorious London rush hour traffic, arriving home at 9.30pm, dirty and tired.
Today I started work on the Gibbons at 8.30am, getting it back together at around 5.30pm after fabricating a new leather seal, changing the broken springs, drilling out a few snapped screws and re-tapping the holes.
I benched tested the Gibbons and discovered the piston was only working for the last 20% of the swing, I will now strip the Gibbons on Wednesday to find the reason/s for the poor performance of the piston/Gibbons floor spring.
Gibbons/The Royal Star & Garter Home up date -
Work continues on with the Gibbons pneumatic floor springs and the more modern hydraulic type from the Star & Garter.
Last week I managed to take out 4 newer hydraulic Gibbons, these are far easier to remove because they are housed in a box that is separate from the floor spring itself. This therefore requires no drilling of the concrete to remove them from the floor to work on them.
I have also removed the component parts only from 8 of the much older Gibbons, in an attempt to speed up the repair process to save time and money. I also returned the two repaired/serviced single action 'modern' Gibbons and temporarily re-fitted the Gibbons I had to drill from the floor the previous week, only to find out that the shoe on the door is rusted/seized up solid, meaning there will be a problem in the centering of the doors when eventually rehung permanently if not attended to.
Below of some shots from the front/street side of the site.
And from the rear.
From the interior.
And finally a few shots of some of the various Gibbons contained within the walls of The Royal Star & Garter Home.
Here are a few more pictures before I go back to install the Gibbons to full working order, including my home made spring compressor.
In this last shot I am heating up this home manufactured part for one of the antique Gibbons so I can shrink fit it in place.
Further pictures of the Gibbons from The Royal Star and Garter Home contract:
When returning to salvage parts from the above to replace parts missing from other Gibbons I found more concrete had covered them, fortunately and after much effort I was still able to get a few parts out, in particular the pistons as can be seen, the yokes however I was not able to save.
In this last shot you can clearly see the original link arms are of differing length, the pneumatic Gibbons were handcrafted and custom fitted, each one either finished on a bench or on site as required.
Gibbons/The Royal Star & Garter Home, even further up date pictures -
Here I am straightening shoes and then freeing the seized solid lateral adjuster after converting my home made spring compressor.
The above is one of the floor springs I had to return to after it became full of water, it was not yet sealed and meant that this floor spring and its twin was stripped and serviced 3 times.
Below are top pivots and shoes I stripped and serviced, repainted, had rejected and were then plated.
A couple of shots showing some of the piston seal damage I have encountered.
Drilling out snapped screws on site before re-tapping.
Above is possibly wear but may yet be a hold open function.
Advice will have to be sought on whether this "bullet" hole (maybe one of the old soldiers didn't like the Matron) will be considered character or not.
These last two shots show the Gibbons on the way to inspection, where it is determined what parts are missing, what can be salvaged and what parts may need to be manufactured.
And finally for tonight one I am particularly looking forward to because of its beautiful setting, a Reliable Patent from Nostell Priory, which is very similar to a Climax if I am not mistaken.
And from the same building as the Courtney Pope ACME a Gardiner Sons & Co Ltd heavy duty Monarch which I will discuss at a later date.
Just a quick blog post about up-coming works. Here is an ACME supplied by Courtney Pope of London found at the old council Building in Bristol.
Carrying on from the latest William Newman & Sons post, we have now completed the restoration and repair of the 'Invincible's.'
The single action Invincible's were in a medium to bad state of repair, most of the piston seals were perished and there was rusting and pitting to some important parts that needed welding and regrinding for them to work as they should.
Whilst working on these gems we accidentally discovered the ingenious way that they were and can be made to hold open or none hold open.
It was nice to see the original screws that hold shoe to pin, for the most part, still in place.
The brass cover plates were polished by the custodians of the Chapel and then lacquered, which in my opinion looks great against the red carpet.
Whilst at the Chapel we had the pleasure of listening to the guys who were tuning and then playing the impressive organ. We also had chance to look around this historic building and take a few further shots after being kindly invited to do so.
I wonder who FC was and if he (I presume they were a 'he') got in trouble over his graffiti, which can be found carved in to one of the upper level pews?
I was informed this small panel was cut out so the door to the pulpit could open enough that a rather stout preacher could gain access.
The Chowbent Unitarian Chapel was built by the local people of Atherton from locally produced clay and locally grown oak. More details of this wonderful place of worship can be found below, including how the congregation fought and successfully defended against the Jacobites:
Midlands Floor Springs is proud to announce we will be undertaking the restoration of the Gibbons Zenith floor springs at the Royal Star & Garter Home, Richmond Hill, London.
Details of the project can be found here and below http://www.trccontracts.com/blog/restoration-sash-window-the-royal-star-and-garter-home/#comment-163
Restoration of sash windows for The Royal Star and Garter Home
"TRC have been employed by London Square to restore over 600 sash windows and doors at the prestigious building, The Royal Star and Garter Home, Richmond Hill."
"The Star and Garter is a Grade II listed building and gardens with an impeccable royal and cultural lineage. It was designed by Sir Edwin Cooper and built in 1924. London Square is undertaking a grand restoration of the former nursing home, transforming it into high end apartments with a value of up to five million pounds."
"There are 86 architecturally stunning apartments and duplexes being created, and the facade overlooks 2,500 acres of Richmond Park, the largest of the Royal Parks."
"Works are due to be completed early 2017.
Please visit www.thestarandgarter.london"
Today I traveled to London to help Andy from Fire Safety Services exchange a broken Coronet for one of our reconditioned units and supplied a Gibbons NOS adjustable top centre at the Cherry Garden School.
If you ever read this Andy it was nice meeting you.
On a few occasions now I have discussed/shown the Invincible but on this quick blog post I will show you the handed, single action, pneumatic version.
As can be seen from the few shots it appears very similar inside to the James Adams single action 'slave' and not too dissimilar to other Invincible's (the main piston at least).
I will report more as the work on the Invincible's at the 1721 Grade 2* Listed Chowbent Unitarian Chapel, Atherton progresses.
A year or so ago a friend of mine mentioned floor springs and door control in ships. We were chatting about the floor springs used on arguably the most famous ship of them all, the Titanic.
Today after a year of thought and search I believe I may have the answer to the question "what make of floor springs were used on the Titanic." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic
Readers may or not may not know that the Titanic had a sister ship, the Olympus that did not sink and was decommissioned in 1935. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Olympic
The interior, almost identical to the Titanic's, was auctioned off in November 1935. Some of this interior was used to build the Olympic room inside the White Swan Hotel, Alnwick and can be still seen to this day.
It is from the 1935 auction catalogue that I have been able to trace the manufacturer of the floor springs sold at the auction, which were used on the Olympus and logically therefore the Titanic. Details of the lots can be found below (Especially doors and their control gear).
The answer therefore to what make of floor springs were used on the Titanic? Probably Yale and quite possibly supplied by Comyns, Ching, and Co but that's another story for another time.
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Over the last week or so I have had the privilege to again work on a Robert Adams designed floor spring in a very prestigious setting, that being the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square London.
"The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury."
This Robert Adams is his double action Crown Victor model the winner of many awards. I believe it can be found in many Royal Households and had the patronage of Queen Victoria.
The name Crown Victor is possibly an amalgamation of the patronage (Crown) and the fact it was a winner of many awards (Victor) or Queen Victoria's patronage combined with part of her name. This will need more research to be absolutely sure.
The top centre was not one I had come across before and will require me to make a tool for use in the future.
After the repairs I am happy to report the Adams Crown Victor is now working as it should.
As always feel free to leave comments.
In the previous blog post I mention a customers Smiths, in this post I would like to share that site visit and the houses fascinating history.
I was contacted by Henk and Nel, with regard to their Smiths, who live in Haslemere, in a Grade 2 listed property known as Keffolds, with fantastic views of the South Downs to the rear.
Interestingly the land neighbouring the house was owned originally by Lord William James Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie, KP, PC (Ire) (31 May 1847 - 7 June 1924) who was the Chairman of Harland and Wolff between 1896 and 1924, the builders of the Titanic.
The actual land on which Keffolds was built was acquired from The Right Honourable Frederick Arthur Earl of Derby, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and others for £6.745 by a lady called Elena Marion Montgomerie, wife of Wilfred Henderson, Commander in the Royal Navy, who eventually retired as Rear Admiral. It was this couple who had Keffolds built in 1905.
Keffolds was then bought by Arthur Herbert Crow for £16,500 in 1920.
Mr Crow then sold the property in 1932 for £8850 to Florence Hutchinson. The Heirs to Florence Hutchinson sold the house in 1940 for £5,950 and in 1943 it was conveyed to Dr Bernados, the children's charity.
In 1959 the house was rented by Ockenden Venture to house some of the Vietnamese boat people. Ockenden Venture eventually bought the property in 1964.
In or around 1993 - 1994 the house was sold to developers who tastefully split Keffolds into 3 beautiful homes. The middle one now being owned by Henk and Nel.
Keffolds was therefore a childrens' home from 1943 until 1993.
As can be seen above one of the Smiths had the back completely smashed out, it was missing the claws and the shoe was both slightly twisted and stuck fast to the pin.
The other had two broken springs and the box was cracked. fortunately MFS had some Smiths that were exactly the same size supplied by N. F. Ramsey and Brother.
They did however take some preparing.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Henk and Nel, to be shown around their beautiful home and for them to share the houses history, thank you to you both for your hospitality.
As always please feel free to leave any comments.
Whilst being forced off work to allow my finger time to heal I have had time on my hands to further explore (if not for readers then for my own satisfaction) the origins of the Smiths door spring, which is in fact deemed to be the original of the two I know of associated with the name Smith, who patented what and when.
The timing of my fracture has also coincided with a customers request from quite a while ago to repair his Smiths using the bespoke sets of springs I had made up (see previous blog posts regarding these spring sets).
In 1866 the publication English Mechanic volume 2 has an advert for "Smith's Patent Door Spring" and on the same page has a further advert for "The Original Smith's Patent Door Spring." One business claims to be "established upwards of a century" and the other "established 50 years." English Mechanic - Volume 2, Issues 1-52 - Page 81
On the surface the advert claiming "The Original Smiths Patent Door Spring" would therefore lead readers to believe this is the older door spring, however within the advert it clearly states "established 50 years" taking its patent to around 1814.
The advert that does not use the word "original" but claims to be "established upwards of a century" I believe is therefore the company that should be considered as the maker/manufacturer of the original "Smiths" as it came first by around fifty years and leads to a date of around 1770.
We now have two approximate dates to work with, 1814 and 1770.
Dealing with the date of 1814 first:-
In the Patents For inventions Abridgments of Specifications relating to Hinges, Hinge Joints, and Door springs A.D. 1775 - 1866 printed in 1873 page 9 you will find this entry:
A.D. 1814, July 16.— N° 3822. SMITH, Joseph. —" Spring hinges for doors and gates." A brass shoe, fixed on the bottom of the door, has a centre pin or pivot which passes through a fixed brass plate and is stepped into a socket. A lever, carried by the pivot (the pivot lever) and fixed to it, is furnished with a collar (or brass roller) which is between two levers on two different but concentric fulcra. The upper lever is fixed to a spindle connected with the interior of a spiral spring ; the under lever has its fulcrum on a collar con- nected with the spring box of the said spring. A fixed angular piece, in which is inserted a screw, regulates the distance of the upper and under levers when they are at rest. This invention is adapted for doors that open either one or both ways; when the door opens to the right, the upper lever is forced back by the pivot lever, and " when opened to its extent, becomes light and easy in consequence of the spring having lost a great portion of its power, by means of the brass roller " <( having passed nearly to " the end " of the upper lever, thus, by the door opening, the pivot lever " obtains great power over the spring, and as the door *' closes, the spring regains its former strength." When the door is opened to the left, the pivot lever forces back the under lever, and the operation has the same effect as before described. A couple of toothed wheels, eccentrically pivoted, may be used instead of the upper and under levers. In fixing the door, an upper centre pin or pivot is fitted to the top of the door vertically over the pivot connected with the said brass shoe. [Printed, 6d. Drawing.]
From the 1814 description of the Joseph Smith patent and the fact it utilities a "spiral spring" I then use the address of 50 Bartholomew Close to take me to 1829.
In the London Metropolitan Archives Collections Index, Index to the Diocese of London Consistory Court Wills - Wills with surname beginning ‘S’ you will find reference to - Smith, Joseph
(Patent door spring maker) Dec 1829 Address: 50 Little Bartholomew Close
Place of Origin: Saint Bartholomew the Great, London
From 1829 to 1837-
In the Accounts and Papers volume 10 of the Railway Subscription Contracts we find, John Smith, 50 Bartholomew Close, Smith.
From 1837 - 1851-
Within the pages of The 1851 Official Catalogue of the Great Exhibition of the works of All Nations housed in the Crystal Palace you will find Smith. J (John?) 50 Bartholomew Close Prop, - Patent Spring Door hinge and a second entry mentioning a Swing Door hinge as can be seen below.
"970 Smith, J. 50 Bartholomew Close, Prop.--Patent swing spring door-hinge."
"970 Smith, J. 50 Bartholomew Close, Prop.--Patent swing spring hinge."
In the same catalogue you will also find reference to T. Turner
"T. Turner 33 East Street Marylebone Door Spring and centre for a door to swing both ways."
Was this the beginning of Smith & Turner, a meeting at the 1851 Great Exhibition?
From 1851 we then go to 1860.
In Blower's Architect's, Surveyor's, Engineer's and Builder's Directory we find the name of Henry Smith associated with 50 Bartholomew close (along with Smith, A 69 Princes Street, Soho, W.) advertising as Door Spring Makers.
And finally from 1860 to 1866 and the two 1866 advertisements on the same page that this blog entry began with.
"SMITH’S PATENT DOOR SPRING, PATENT WEATHER TIGHT FASTENING, WATER BAR FOR FRENCH CASEMENTS. 69, PRINCES STREET, LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON. N.B. None guaranteed unless stamped with name and address. Established upwards of a century."
"THE ORIGINAL SMITH'S PATENT DOOR SPRING. Pronounced by Government Inspectors and the late J. K. Brunel, Esq" C.E., to be the best and most complete. SMITH & TURNER, 50, BARTHOLOMEW Close, London, EC. ESTABLISHED FIFTY YEARS."
As this has been a particularly long entry I will deal with the 1770 date at a later time.
I hope readers have enjoyed this entry and feel free to post any comments.
MFS finally managed to complete the James Adams "Slaves" in and around the historic Council chambers within City Hall.
I am pleased to have played a part in the 18 month refurbishment of the historically significant Grade II* listed building in the centre of Bristol which is claimed will save the people of Bristol £50 million over the coming years.
Above is, it appears, the last time any work/servicing had been done to the "slaves" (1968). I wonder who R.S is and if they are still alive?
Above you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful dyed pig skin doors that I was informed cost £15,000 to repair.
Above are the shots of the double action slaves from the "old council house" which we will be repairing in the near future.
Below is my war wound:
Unfortunately in the process of working on the floor springs I have fractured my distal phalanx (end of finger) as can be seen in the picture below, which I assure readers is far more painful than it looks!
As always your comments are appreciated.
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Despite floods, sinking floors/rising floors, warped doors and frames, none existent parts, cracked castings and some extreme wear we have managed to get the Forward's and the Climax's in the ground and all the the doors back on at the Hope Baptist Church as mentioned in a previous blog post.
It was good to see the town getting back to normal after the floods and wish all well at the Church and Hebden Bridge in general.
An original picture of the Church taken from this site - http://www.hebdenbridgehistory.org.uk/galleries/g5.htm
Feel free to comment as always.
At last I have had the opportunity to fit two sets of the bespoke springs I have had manufactured into a Smiths 2860 (for those still waiting I can only apologise and promise I will get to you. To those wanting to fit the springs themselves I warn it can be difficult and your 'Smiths' could very well require more than just fitting the springs to get them working correctly, as these did).
The 2860 is a medium sized version of the Smiths, manufactured by James Cartland and Son Ltd and it can be found on page 30 of their 1927 Brassfoundry catalogue, volume no 327.
The setting for the Smith's were the inner entrance doors of a beautifully converted school house attached to the 200 year old Methodist Church and owned by the very nice Paul and Diane.
In the Cartlands 2860 version of the Smiths there is no cut out section in the back wall of the box as can be seen in the above shot (compare this with other models and variants further on in this blog entry).
See below for shots of some of the subtle differences that can be found throughout the different models of the Smiths.
James Cartland & Son Ltd 2860 Smiths for medium size doors (No cutout, stop, strengthened turret area and gudgeon).
Wm Newman & Sons Ltd 283 Smiths for Heavy doors (Cutout, stop and no strengthening of turret or gudgeon.
Next is James Cartland & Son Ltd 'Cartlands adjustable' as mentioned in a previous blog post. Although not sold as a Smiths this model from Cartlands Great Western Foundry appears to be an improvement on Smiths design, having no cutout, no stop and strengthening to turret and gudgeon area.
The inclusion of a second wheel to the pivot and as importantly the removal of the stop is an ingenious way to counter for wear. Any slackness is taken up by the claws ability to continuously press against the wheels on the pin through the contraction of the springs.
In this final shot you can see an as yet unidentified 'Smiths,' having a very small cut out and no strengthening to the gudgeon.
The simple but effective means by which closing of a door is achieved through the Smith design can be found at the heart of many floor springs right up to and beyond Newman's Britannic of the 1950's.
Robert Adams, Smith & Turner, James Adams, William Tonks and others all have models that incorporate this lay out and method of achieving a draft free, safe and secure building.
As always feel free to comment readers and thanks to Paul and Diane for their hospitality and desire to get the 2860 Smiths working correctly.
Whilst working on the Singlo's from the previous post we have also been working on the Singlo's double action brother, the Duplo.
MFS was called to Cardiff the beautiful and capital City of Wales, to attend to the glass doors at the entrance of Simply Bare, a luxury city centre beauty salon which can be found in the 1902 Duke St/High St arcade http://www.simplybare.co.uk/
The Duplo is in lots of ways similar to the Monarch/400 but the parts, as we discovered, are not interchangeable which caused somewhat of a headache for us as we had no spares for them.
Both Singlo and the Duplo were manufactured by William Tonks and Son Ltd ("Star" brand builders hardware products), prior to the buy out of Tonks by William Newman which formed Newman Tonks Ltd.
As can be seen from the shots the Duplo has a square ACME pin and an unusually low piston compared with one from a 400.
The yoke is also completely different to the 400 as is the pivot area where yoke and pivot meet.
We were informed that the Duplo's had been a problem for 25 years so we are particularly pleased they are now functioning correctly and will do so for many, many years to come.
Thanks to Tony, Leah and staff at Simply Bare (well worth a relaxing visit in a luxurious setting).
As always please feel free to comment on this blog post or any others.
MFS recently went to the charmingly named town of Ramsbottom to service/repair two Singlo's that used to control the main heavy glass entrance doors of a large Grade 2 listed building built around 1850.
The building has been owned by the same family for around 70 years and is now the main retail outlet for Velvet Exclusive Ladies Wear - http://www.velvetexclusive.co.uk/
The Singlo's had parts missing and in the past two modern overhead door closers had been fitted, which were also not working.
We can now report that the overhead closers have been removed and the hold open Singlo's are as good as new, we also whilst on site fully repaired one of the locks set in the top rail.
MFS would like to wish Velvet success in their new premises and thank Tony, Deborah and the girls for their hospitality and for choosing to have the Singlo's repaired and restored rather than any other alternatives they may have considered.
Please feel free to leave comments, they are always looked forward to.
MFS is proud to be currently refurbishing and repairing a number of floor springs in the City Hall (formerly the Council House - foundation stone laid in 1938) and the Old Council House (built between 1824 and 1827) in the centre of Bristol.
The floor springs in the Conference Hall (City Hall) are less ornate (without the engraving) than the double action ones that can be found in the Old Council House.
According to this book: London's Industrial Heritage By Geoff Marshall, the idea for the "Slave" came about because of a bad back and a rattling door in 1882, finally being patented in 1890.
The above patent date (if correct) mean the "Slave" could not have been put in the ground when the Old Council House was first built but could still be the originals to the building.
James Adams & Son were still trading in 1921 according to this site http://pubshistory.com/streets/UnionStreetSE1.shtml and patents were still being issued as late as the 1940's which relate to this door spring http://www.patentmaps.com/assignee/james_adams_%26_son_1.html and others.
Below are the shots of a single action "Slave" incorporating new spring.
Below are some shots of the double action version of the "Slave."
More shots are to follow, in the meantime please enjoy the above.
Here is a quick post of a 400/Monarch supplied by Corts Ltd of Leicester that we worked on a few weeks ago.
These six handsome pneumatic 'Invicibles' manufactured/sold by N.F. Ramsay & Brother are from the Winson Green SDA Church, Handsworth, Birmingham. The Church was built in 1904 and is well attended and enjoyed by the local community.
N.F. Ramsay & Brother parted company on the 31st of December 1906 (Two years after these floor springs were put in the ground) but continued on as N.F. Ramsay & Co Ltd thereafter.
The 'Invincibles' were in need of some major work, 4 were so badly seized the mechanism that aligns the doors, set in the shoes had bent, fortunately however not beyond repair.
The guide pin for the piston, set in the cover had been worn/rusted away to almost nothing.
The piston seals were beyond repair so we manufactured new ones....after a little experimentation.
The six doors are now opening smoothly, centering, gently closing and checking with a reassuring phhesssstt!
MFS would like to thank Eddie for is hospitality and taking us to an outlet that makes and sells the best curry in Birmingham.
Please feel free to leave any comments readers, they are much appreciated.
As there is so little information out there with regard to door closers, especially vintage and antique model floor springs, I thought I would start this blog.