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Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps c.1920

  • Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps  c.1920
  • Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps  c.1920
  • Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps  c.1920
  • Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps  c.1920
  • Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps  c.1920

Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps c.1920

Antique H. C Slingsby Large Wooden Pitch Pine Library Ladder / Steps c.1920

Circa 1920

Manufacture - H. C Slingsby

A lovely set of large pitch pine library steps complete with the original top step hand rail.

H.C Slingsby of 142-145 Old Street, London and in Bradford was founded in 1893.

tThe family firm of wholesale bottlers established themselves in Bradford. Harry Crowther Slingsby began to look into the invention of labour saving devices for the company.

He had recognised that working practices in the local factories relied heavily on manual hauling and gravity for the movement of raw materials and products from floor to floor. However, this did not solve the problem of moving items horizontally around large buildings.

Slingsby set about creating robust trucks and trolleys to move heavy loads with relative ease. Different designs were created for different purposes - sack trolleys for moving large sacks of flour, sugar and dried fruit around grocery stores; high wheeled flat carts towed by one or two people; trucks fitted with wicker baskets carried fibres around textile mills.

1900 H. C. Slingsby of Bradford showed some patent trucks at the 1900 Paris Exhibition.

1902 Issued 500pp catalogue on Trucks and address is 142-146 Old Street, London.

1914 Stated that they are of London with works in Preston Street, Bradford.

1920 April. Issued catalogue on ladders

The ladder still bears the original makers plaques and transfers on both side.

A lovely item - ideal for any home antique interior look or shop display.

Height including hand rail - 237cm

Height excluding hand rail - 159cm

Width - 48.5cm

Depth 111cm

Condition - Good. Structurally fine and can be used. There is lots of paint marks all over from where it appears someone has either used them for painting or not moved them when painting a ceiling.

Item No. 2859

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