Large Factory Lights By Wardle Circa 1930s
Price is per light -
Vitreous green enamel
Cast iron tops
Comes with 100cm of red braided cable
Comes with 100cm of steel suspension chain and ceiling hook
Takes E27 fitting bulbs
English ~ 1930s
Founded by Walter and Arthur Wardle in the 1890s, Wardle was one of the many new firms capitalizing on the emergence of the fledgling electrical industry. Building the firm up from its Manchester base, Walter and Arthur sold the firm to Chamen and Wilkinson in 1910, but the name was retained.
With Walter Wardle leaving for Australia, Arthur moved to Edinburgh and set up another Wardle engineering company (it isn't known if this was a subsidiary or an independent firm). With the Edinburgh company closing in the 1920s, the firm solidified its trading from its Manchester address.
Family members were involved with Wardle until the late 1930s. (M H Wardle became an honorary member of the APLE in 1930 but he may not be related to the Wardles of this firm). Wardle gained early promenance by designing the first commerical lantern for the low pressure sodium lamp. The Liverpool Lantern, a cut-off, was jointly specified and originally installed by Liverpool Council, the first city to widely adopt the new light source in 1933. The first installation of Philipscut-off lanterns on the Purley Way, Croydon was replaced by Wardle Liverpools on a catenary system in 1936.
Despite early successes, Wardle never gained the success of the larger manufacturers, and their products didn't get installed far from their Manchester base. Wardle ceased trading in the 1980s. Condition Report Each lamp has been fully re wired with modern electrical components, the enamel will show signs of wear in the form of chips and dents. As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ.
It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come. All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm. If you have any further questions regarding the condition of this product or any others please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.