A quick post about some lovely old Smiths I was called out to see today. Manufactured by James Cartland & Son but as you can see from their catalogue entry these may have been to special order as they are larger than the ones advertised. Please also note the bent top centre, designed to fit the arch of the door. More pictures to follow I hope.
Please feel free to comment as always.
Today I took a call from a Mr Lyons, phoning all the way from Australia regarding the fantastic recycling of good old Smiths floor springs and doors he salvaged from the Supreme Court of Western Australia built between 1902 and 1903.
The doors he informs me are now to be used in his home but are missing a crucial original element, that being the top centres. These top centres I have mentioned previously on this blog and fortunately I have some to spare that will now be winging their way to Perth to assist with the hanging of what must I imagine be some very handsome doors indeed.
On page 257 of James Cartlands & Son 1886 General Brass Foundry Catalogue, distributed in Australia at the time of the building of the court House and held by Sydney Living Museums up loaded by Caroline Simpson you can clearly see the Smiths, this may very well be from where the architect originally purchased the Smiths from. In this link you can see the smiths was quite an expensive item back then. https://archive.org/details/Cartland12543/page/n269
Photographs I am told will follow
I often wonder what our Mr smith would think of all this?
Comments always 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.