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An Upside Down LMS

Gene Kingsley has sent me a picture of a slightly irregular insulator. At first I thought, oh well, stick in a picture and a bit of text, but then I began to think, how did this happen, was it a one off, or had an apprentice had a bad day?

An Upside Down LMS
Bullers of Milton

Not much to say about this except the obvious. It's a standard Cordeau from Bullers, dated 1939. The unusual part being the upside down L.M.S stamp on the top slope.

At a guess, I suspect it was stamped once all the insulators where loaded inside a Saggar, from above, immediately prior to firing, i.e. some one bending over them. Off course they must have looked spot on until the stamper stood up!

I wonder how many they did and how many before it was noticed?

Bullers of Milton

This portion of a larger photograph, taken from the excellent book, Bullers of Milton' by Sue Taylor, shows men packing insulators (Standard Cordeaus) into Saggars outside the ovens.

Of note: The photo is attributed the date range 1925 - 1930 yet the insulators have longer outer sheds, suggesting a date post 1942?