This is a cast brass plate made by Withy Grove Stores, which is based at 35-39 Withy Grove, Manchester.
There is no date on the plate, although Withy Grove Stores has been in existence since 1850 and remains one of the very last remaining traditional businesses on Withy Grove within what is surprisingly – due to the amount of demolitions – still a conservation area. It suggests it is an earlier plate as the company is now known as Withy Grove Stores Limited.
The makers name plates were commonly throughout the 1800s and early 1900s the only indicator that the safes were made by different companies, as the majority of safes were often copies of other existing safes, with the majority of makers concentrated around the Midlands: West Bromwich, Wolverhamption and Birmingham. Famous makers such as Chubb & Sons Lock & Safe Company Limited, Stephen Cox & Sons and George Price of Wolverhampton all started trading in the Midlands.
The details of the plate are: Withy Grove Stores, Manchester. Its has two countersunk screw holes for mounting. It measures 15.24cm x 7.62cm.
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