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Bulpitt and Sons

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Motor Lamps
Motor Lamps (Detail)
Dec 1921.
November 1963.
November 1963.
November 1963.

of 46, Northwood Street, Birmingham.

of 153-161 and 175 Camden Street, Winson Green, Birmingham. Telephone: Central 3231. Telegraphic Address: "Bulpitt, Birmingham". (1937)

Makers of Swan Brand

1868 Company founded. Thomas Bulpitt established the firm of Bulpitt and Sons. Having started out as brassfounders, the firm them went on to specialise in lamps and copper kettles and eventually the trademark Swan Brand was registered.

1911 Private company.

BAPP motor accessories (see photo)

A range of Swan kettles and teasets, especially Cromalin Ware, also became a well-known household name. Other models included Carlton, Empire, Westbury, Wikka Ware, and Willow.

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Electric Kettles, Combined Kettle and Saucepan, Percolators, Porringers, Steam Cookers, Urns, Immersion Elements, Surgical Sterilizers, irons, Car Heaters, Plate Warmers, Fires, Bowl, Screen, Portable. Ground Base Utensils, Kettles, Saucepans, Steamers. (Stand No. Cb.510)

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Swan Brand Cooking Utensils in aluminium and Tin. Lamps - oil, ship, railway. Domestic Sheet Metal Work of every description. Teapots, Kettles, Stewpans, Stockpots, Percolators, Fish Fryers, Urns, Steamers, Colanders, Frypans, Fish Kettles. (Stand No. A.517) [1]

1937 Sheet-metal workers. "Swan" Metal Goods. [2]

1951 The company produced wares to mark the Festival of Britain.

The company patented an electric cut-out connector. If the kettle overheated, it would automatically switch off.

1961 Manufacturers of aluminium holloware and electrical appliances. 1,500 employees. [3]

1971 BSR acquired Bulpitt and Sons[4]. Known as BSR Housewares, Swan Housewares became a subsidiary.

1973 BSR also bought Goblin.

At one point, Swan were the only company manufacturing automatic teamakers in the UK although, for a while, some Teasmades were badged Swan, with Goblin on the tea pot and kettle. The first Teasmade to be re-badged and sold by Swan was the Goblin.

1989 Moulinex bought Swan Housewares from BSR, including Teasmade and Swan trademarks.[5]

1989 The Bulpitt company was dissolved on 21 May.

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  • [1] Made in Birmingham
  • [2] Old Copper