Found by Ian Suddaby in a river just outside Edinburgh. I am not in possession of this example. This looks like a piece of broken stove lining. The manufacturer is unknown. The find location would suggest Scottish origins but … Other similar examples show the stamp as an abbreviation of the trade name given to…
Found by Ian Suddaby on the banks of the Bonny Water, Bonnybridge.
This section of stove lining is believed to have been manufactured for or by Smith and Wellstood and their ‘Hostess’ range.
Below – The rear. This does look more like the lining for a fire back but perhaps a similar design was used in the Hostess stove.
Below – 10/06/1887 – Falkirk Herald – The Hostess.
10/10/1931 – Falkirk Herald – Ideal Home Exhibition – Messrs Smith & Wellstood, Ltd., whose stand is reached by continuing down avenue 3 on the left-hand side, are showing a very fine selection of ranges and stoves from their Bonnybridge foundry. The Columbian equipment is well represented by the ‘Durbanian” Range, a strongly constructed, self-setting range with two ovens of heavy steel plate with cast-iron protecting plates. The portable ranges featured by this company include four very reliable makes – the “New Leader” the “H.P. Leader” the Hostess,” and the “Signors”. The patent “Wellstood” ranges are also to the fore here. Many improvements have been introduced into these ranges with a view to economising in fuel and labour and saving expense in repairs. They have been supplied to the Prince of Wales and to Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught of Mar Lodge, both quite recently. The patent “Esse” stoves provide glowing and economical warmth day and night and do away with frozen pipes in the wintertime. They are quickly installed, easily refuelled, and the ash-removal is a clean process. All these stoves are specially designed for all-night duty with perfect safety and are recommended by doctors. They are provided with reliable automatic ventilation. An ingenious contrivance fitted to the close fire “Esse” stoves ignites and converts into heat the waste gases collecting in the upper part of the stove. A tube conveys air from the lower to the upper part of the reservoir and forces these accumulated gases downwards through the hottest area of the fire. The “Bonnybridge” boilers, shown by the company, are claimed to be superior to range boilers and any other independent boilers. They burn slowly, expending nearly all the heat on the water surfaces. These boilers are made in widely different designs to meet varying requirements in quantity and nature of the water to be heated as well as to suit available floor space. This stand is in charge of Mr W. P. Stott.