Antique wooden box with alloy tipe for fitting into an card ticket dating press.
Labelled “Waterlow & Sons” in brass on lid.
There are many diverse areas of interest to collectors. This includes lamps, hand lamps, railway posters, carriage prints, books, jigsaw puzzles, signalling items, cast iron signs, silver plate, china, glassware, clocks and tickets.As the Railways developed so was the need for greater safety, no more so than in the area of controlling the running of the trains. A wide range of signalling apparatus were introduced by the Railway Companies to improve this: such items include signals, signal lamps, block instruments, block bells, telegraph instruments, interlocking frames, single line staff, keys, tokens, tablets and telephones. All of these areas have become popular in recent years. A popular area relates to trespass notices, also highly desirable are bridge restriction notices, notices dealing with specific issues, or locations, boundary posts etc. The most desirable signs are those with the name of a Railway Company or Companies in the title, or body of the text.
Waterlow & sons Limited
In 1810 James Waterlow opened offices at 14 and 25 Birchin Lane and later took into partnership his sons Alfred, Walter, Sydney and Albert. James died in 1876 and a year later the brothers split the firm. Alfred with his sons Alfred Jnr, Herbert and Walter, formed Waterlow Brothers & Layton with the family friend Alfred Thomas Layton. They retained the legal and general printing business at the Birchin Lane offices. Sir Sydney Waterlow founded Waterlow & Sons with his sons Philip, George and Charles. They took the railway, foreign currency and stamp printing to their offices at London Wall and Finsbury Market in London.
Sir Philip H. Waterlow,
(Business and Empire Builders)
Original Chromolithograph by “SPY”:, for“Vanity Fair” May 31,1879