A CENTENARIAN DOOR-SPRING.
To the Editor of The Building News and Engineering Journal. Some years ago we brought to your notice a remarkable example of the length of life of an old door-spring made by Mr. William Smith, of 69, Princes Street, Leicester Square, to whom we are the direct successors. In that case, you may remember, a customer wrote to ask us to supply some new parts tor a pair of springs which had been swinging his shop doors for over fifty years. Our object in reminding you of this is that we have recently had brought to our notice an even more remarkable example of the longevity of the patent "Janus" door- springs.
One of the leading builders in London has been engaged upon some alterations to an old house in one of the squares, and found there a spring made by William Smith and Co. still in use. From the manufacturing number stamped upon it, it is evident that this spring was made long before the other pair, and has, we judge, been working for upwards of 100 years, and, so far as it is possible to say, the original parts had not been renewed, excepting only, perhaps, the coil spring itself. The spring is now at our works, and we should be pleased to show it to anyone who may be interested. We have no hesitation in asserting that this constitutes a record in door-spring life, which must be unique, and your kindly interest in the earlier case has prompted us to inform you of this one.
Yours faithfully, For Smith, Major and Stevens, Ltd.,
Percy C. Major, Director. Abbey Works, Northampton.
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