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Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation

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January 1888.
April 1888. Mordey Alternate Current Dynamo.

112 Belvedere Road, Lambeth.

1880 Company established in Lambeth, London, as The Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation, to work the patents of Charles Francis Brush (born in Cleveland Ohio in 1849) who had invented an electric dynamo in 1876, and whose system of light was commercialised by the American Brush Electric Light Company.

1881 Electric exhibition at Crystal Palace: the north end would be lit by Brush Co using arc lights; other parts at that end would be lit by Lane Fox incandescent lamps; Electric Light and Power Generating Co would also use arc lights; Maxim, Crompton, Pilsen, Edison, Werdermann, Siemens and Hammond system would also be used to light other parts of the building[1].

1882 The Lane-Fox Incandescent Lamp Department, Portpool Lane, was placed in the charge of Mr St George Lane-Fox[2].

1883 Emile Garcke joined the Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation as Secretary; he rose to Manager in 1887 and became Managing Director of its successor company, Brush Electrical Engineering Co, four years later.

1885 Absorbed the Great Western Electric Light Co and the Brush Midland Electric Light and Power Co; these companies and another subsidiary, Eastern Electric Light Co, had been liquidated[3]

1889 As the business grew at Lambeth due to the demand for new electrical apparatus, larger premises were required. The company acquired the assets of Henry Hughes and Co at Falcon Works, Loughborough. New company incorporated as Brush Electrical Engineering Co to take over the business of the former company[4].

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Sources of Information

  1. Bristol Mercury, 6 December 1881
  2. The Morning Post, November 28, 1882
  3. The Times, Jan 28, 1885
  4. The Times, 15 July 1889