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Rufford and Finch

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1850 Society of Arts. 'In the section of trade and manufactures, the gold Medal was given to Messrs. Rufford and Finch for their porcelain bath in one piece. This was an article of manufacture in the production of which all attempts have hitherto been unsuccessful, but which had at last been accomplished just when most needed.'[1]

1856. 'The private baths are of the newest construction, namely, Messrs. Rufford and Finch's "Patent Porcelain Baths," the peculiarity of which is that they are made in one piece, like an enormous oblong basin, and are much more lasting and sound than when pieced. Messrs. Rufford and Finch have supplied 53 of these patent porcelain baths for this establishment, three qualities, one a marble porcelain surface, another white porcelain surface, and the third kind brown. Their dimensions are 5ft. 6in. long, with a length of 6ft. 1in. including the slope at the head of the bath, 2ft. 6in. wide at the shoulders, 2ft. wide at the foot, and 1ft. 11in. deep. The sides and bottom of the bath are 2 1/2in. thick. This superior description of bath is due to a suggestion made by his Royal Highness Prince Albert to the Society of Arts, who proposed the giving of a prize for the best, which was awarded to Messrs. Rufford and Finch.'[2]

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  1. Morning Post - Tuesday 23 July 1850
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 26 July 1856