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Electric Apparatus Co

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The Electric Apparatus Co, 5 Great St Thomas Apostle, London

1884 March. Company formed. Upon terms of an agreement of the 24th ult., this company proposes to purchase the business of wholesale and retail dealers electric apparatus, carried on by Gustav Binswanger, at 4, Trafalgar Buildings, Charing Cross. It was registered on the 27th ult., with a capital of £12,000, in £10 shares. The consideration is £6,000 in fully paid shares, and the net cost price of the stock-in-trade and other effects, less 10 per cent discount. The company ie also to have the option, within 12 months, of purchasing the business carried on by the vendor, at 29, Aldermanbury, for £2,000 in cash, and £2,000 in fully-paid shares. The subscribers denoted by asterisk are the first directors. Each person holds one share. The subscribers are- [1]

  • K. Davis*, Monument-yard
  • A. P. Friend, 12, Marsden-square, Manchester
  • G. Darling, 2, Aldermanbury-avenue
  • G. Binswanger*. Trafalgar Buildings, electrician
  • J. Boyd*, 7, Nicholas-street, Manchester, merchant
  • C. L. Clarke, Cheetham, near Manchester, engineer
  • H. T. Gaddum, 57, Brown-street. Manchester, merchant

1884 Hugo Hirst joined the company as manager[2].

1885 Mention of the Electric Apparatus Co of 58 Queen Victoria Street, supply the new Star incandescent lamps.[3]

1886 Binswanger and Hirst left Electric Apparatus Co to continue with General Electric Apparatus Co[4].

1887 Products included electric bell sets, accumulators, laryngoscopes and photophore for medical purposes; demonstrated at annual exhibition of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic society together with novelties such as hatpins; the Falmouth agent was W.S.Olver[5].

1887 New type of bichromate battery demonstrated; this was devised by A. Friedlaender of Berlin; it was portable and was demonstrated in conjunction with Swan glow lamps[6].

1889 Company voluntarily wound up[7]



1914 Report of a strike by 150 lads employed by the Electrical Apparatus Co, South Lambeth Road.[8]

1954 Advert for Draughtsman by the Electrical Apparatus Co, New Barnes Avenue, St. Albans.[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 10 March 1884
  2. History of GEC [1]
  3. The Era - Saturday 19 September 1885
  4. History of GEC [2]
  5. Royal Cornwall Gazette, 9 September 1887
  6. Manchester Times, 12 November 1887
  7. The London Gazette, 23 July 1889
  8. Daily Herald - Saturday 16 May 1914
  9. Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle - Thursday 27 May 1954