Manufacturers' Marks

Here are photos of the manufacturers' marks stamped on the metal by companies authorised by the Home Office ("HO") to supply sheets of corrugated iron for Anderson shelters.   All these marks were found in the UK.  Follow these links to examine other marks which have been found on corrugated iron in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and on shelter bed frames.

Some of these images are thumbnails. Click on them to see see larger versions.

1. Best Roof Brand  


2. Merino

Merino stamps have been found in the UK, in Australia and on an incomplete Anderson shelter sent out from the UK to be shown in The Ditsong National Museum of Military History, Saxonwold, Johannesburg, South Africa.


3. Phoenix

I am grateful to Ash Hawkes for sending me the first two of these detailed photos taken inside a shelter near Dover, and to Richard Allman for sending me the third image taken from a shelter which was rebuilt on an allotment in Plymouth. I confess that I cannot myself see a phoenix within the marks, but maybe I am lacking imagination?


4. Fountain      

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5. Globe   


6. DL Diamond


7. Trademark Staley

8. Emu Best   

This rather fetching Emu was found in a shelter in Storridge on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border.


9. Star and Crescent

This mark is particularly interesting because it includes the word GALVANINED - which at first appears to be a misprint of GALVANISED. However, I am grateful to Harry Coates who has explained that, although galvanised is the more familiar UK spelling of the word, it has sometimes been spelt with a 'z' in the UK - for instance in an article by Leeds Galvanising. But why substitute an 'N' for a 'Z'? The answer - again from Harry Coates - is that printers of all sorts often improvised when it came to letters (such as the rarely used Z) that were not available for block printing.  And because the word is written in an arc, the typesetter would have thought it acceptable to use an "N" instead of a "Z". (Those interested to read more about the ingenuity of early 1900s typesetters might like to look at this fascinating story about the printing of the Declaration of Irish Independence during the 1916 Easter Rising.) 

10. Swallow - Extra Best

This mark consists of two concentric circles, the outer being 8 1/2" diameter. Between them, in capital letters, are the words SWALLOW (at the top) & EXTRA BEST (at the bottom). Below the circles are the familiar H O initials with a crown between. In the middle is a picture of a rather elegant swallow flying right to left wings spread. 

The Swallow mark was found in Ipswich, and in South Africa.

11. Clarion

This mark was found on corrugated iron in an allotment in Buckhurst Hill in Essex.

12. Griffin

These marks were found by John Sneddon in Bargeddie, Glasgow. They consist of the word "Griffin" and the shape of a griffin head with a crown above it, but the word below is very faded.


13.  Target

This mark has been found on corrugated iron in Kettering and Norfolk. The words above appear to be 'British Make' and those below are Target Brand.

14.  Mildru

This was found on anti-incendiary corrugated iron in Norwich. 

15.  Dolphin

These seem to be two different versions of the Dolphin mark.  The one on the left was found by Kathy Heel in a private shelter in Newbridge, South Wales.  The original owners of the house were very wealthy and the shelter was probably built for the manager of the Newport and Abercarn Steam Coal Company.

Kathy also sent me the photo below the two marks which is of an advertisement by the Pontnewynydd Sheet and Galvanising Co Ltd, the manufacturers of Dolphin brand corrugated steel, whose address is shown as Pontypool, England.  This is because Pontypool was in the county of Monmouthshire whose international status was ambiguous until 1972 when it was firmly allocated to Wales.


16.  Unknown Mark

Any ideas anyone?   These marks were found on corrugated iron on an allotment in Edinburgh.  The owner suggests that they may be a sun ray and a crescent moon.

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It is interesting that the word Best appears in three of the marks, and it was also found in 2016 on a roof in Adelaide, South Australia - see separate web page.


Martin Stanley