Here we have on offer - a really amazing piece of industrial wall art. A massively thick and heavy cast-iron panel fitted with an array of huge gauges - with some controls and pipework. This item was built to last in the new industrial age.
Shape of the panel is reminiscent of a steam locomotive bulkhead.
A name cast into the panel is at first sight 'WAH', and the rear of the panel is deeply webbed. However, WAH is actually WHA - which stands for W H Allen (engineers). Although closed down some decades ago - they had been in business since early Victorian times - and even built equipment for the Titanic - and supplied the electricity generating sets on the ill-fated ship, and her sister The Olympic.
The meters and pipework are brass and copper. The larger meters are approximately 11 cms in diameter (7.5 inches)
This was removed from an old factory building many years ago - and the last-but-one picture in this description shows the panel installed there. Sadly, the name, or purpose of the factory was not recorded when the panel was taken down.
It is likely that the building was a steam powered water pumping station in Bedfordshire.
If you know exactly where it came from - please tell us, so we can update this description.
Markings on the dial faces suggest it was for controlling/measuring steam and vacuum gasses - with particular markings refering to 'Altitude' and 'Exhaust'
Lovely industrial piece - please see the pictures.
Very solid, and very heavy - a two-person left.
An imposing piece that looks really cool - a real talking point
It would look great in a engineering office, modern reception, man-cave, or home bar.
As you would expect for something that is approaching 100 or more years old - it has that wonderful patina of use which can't be simulated.
Can be delivered to anywhere in mainland UK at extra cost - please enquire.
Width (max point) = 104 cms (41 inches)
Height from floor (max) = 70 cms (27.5 inches)
Corner height from floor = 47 cms (18.5 inches)
Depth front to back = 4 cms (3.75 inches)
Please study the pictures - the item is not new (over 100 years old?), so expect a little patina - but it is very good for what it is.