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Wotton Fireworks Factory early 20th Century.

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PaulM   Dec 12th 2016 20:00

Ian - do you recall the types of firework your family found? What were the effects? Were they labelled decoratively? All quite important questions - sorry its a ling time ago.

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BobsBoy47   Dec 12th 2016 22:37

I do remember that firework which was one of two identical ones in Grandad's living room cupboard. It was a foot long and about 1" diametre. It was unremarkably dull with plain blue 'sugar paper' wrapped with no lettering. Probably ex-display. Probably Roman Candle style silver sparkles and not very exciting as I recall.

Hope that all means more to you than it meant to me circa November 1955!

I've no idea what Grandma must have thought about the hazard that had been stored in the cupboard for 30 or more years....

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PaulM   Dec 13th 2016 00:06

The reason I ask Ian is that I am trying to establish what market the factory supplied. Display or domestic. I suspect both from what you have written - the item certainly sounds like a Roman Candle to me. You have described the dullest firework in one sense that would be the most sought after today I reckon!....(you haven't got any more you didn't set off have you!!!!)

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BobsBoy47   Dec 13th 2016 11:29

Alas the grandparents moved house shortly after which is probably why the fireworks (and probably lots of correspondence/articles/ads) had to go as well...

Apparently most newspaper ads of the late 19th century relate to Penly Displays as they were located in London and Wotton. When researching check out Penley as well.

Raindancer is the person with the inside track on products and company markets I would suggest.

In recent years I have taken photos of the occasional local firework displays and had them published in the local paper.

I believe firework literature and memorabilia is now much sought after.
As in many things if only we knew then what we know now!

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