Bristol Battery Brass

(c) Vin Callcut 2002-2017. Small extracts can be used with acknowledgements to '' website.

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 By the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, Bristol was one of Britain's most significant ports.  When zinc ore was found nearby in the Mendip Hills, Bristol became the natural home of the British Brass industry until superseded by Birmingham. 

  Bristol Brass:   The History of the Industry', Joan Day, 1973, 236pp., David & Charles  ISBN 0 7153 6065 5.   The story of the industry in Bristol, England, from 1566 through the growth to success and subsequent decline and final closure in 1925.

Brass Battery Wire & Copper Co., Bristol, papers relating to the 1779 AGM are in Somerset Archive and Record Service.

This mark 'Bristol Battery' was found on the edge of a hammered bowl.  They were made by the battery methods from 1703 until 1908.

A Brief Review of the Development of the Copper, Zinc and Brass Industries in Great Britain from AD 1500 to 1900 by W O Alexander, PhD., F.I.M.

Bristol Brass & Clock Co.  Bristol, CT., USA, made oil lamps and clocks up to 1902 when the name was simplified to Bristol Brass Co., New York.  The oil lamp burner department was sold to National Marine Lamp Co in 1911.  The latter ceased trading in 1930.  The rest of the company seems to have continued making semi-manufactured brass until sometime after WWII.   (ack: Fil Graff).  This mark on a cycle lamp. Others include just 'B B Co' and 'B B C & Co'



 Bristol Brass, decorative housewares, founded 1991 in Bristol, Tennessee, then in Bristol, Virginia, USA. There seems to be no connection with Bristol, England, where the British brass industry started. This website does not have any contact available for the organisation.