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Old 25th Dec 2019, 11:14 pm   #1
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Default Does anyone know the manufacturer of this plug?

Hello everyone,

I found this 15 amp 3 round pin plug the other day and was wondering what brand it is, the back is marked with what appears to be a light switch with a letter B inside (see photos below).

If anyone does know the brand of this plug please could you tell me as I would like to know.

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Old 26th Dec 2019, 2:17 am   #2
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Hi Tom.

I could be wrong ( and probably am!) but I'm going to hazard a guess that it might be a 'Britmac' brand plug.

It's the only likely one I can think of that starts with 'B'.
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Old 26th Dec 2019, 2:48 am   #3
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Your fingerprints have come out better than the embossed logo!
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Old 26th Dec 2019, 11:37 am   #4
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This is an interesting one - at first glance from the pin side, the plug looks to be based on the shape of the MK bs546 standard plug, but unlike the MK has only one screw securing the cover and has split pins.

I do not think the logo on the cover is Britmac however, as all the older Britmac stuff I’ve come across has a diamond shaped logo.

I initially thought maybe Bulgin or BG, but a quick Google search negates that theory too....

I’d be very interested to see how this thread develops, and can only presume it must be a smaller manufacturer, UK based, prevalent in the 1950s, possibly regionally based some way away from the southwest !

Another thought, unlikely I guess, but could the ‘B’ be an ‘8’ maybe?
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Old 26th Dec 2019, 1:29 pm   #5
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Your fingerprints have come out better than the embossed logo!
Gotcha! You nicked that torch bulb from Woolworths in 1952..J.
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Old 27th Dec 2019, 2:27 am   #6
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I would also say itís not a Britmac. I have a picture of a socket I removed a few weeks ago and it has the B inside a diamond between the pins. Not the best picture .the socket is now in my personal museum .Andy
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Old 27th Dec 2019, 10:55 am   #7
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I wonder if it could be 'Bill', then?

Nice socket, Andy!
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Old 28th Dec 2019, 11:26 pm   #8
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Just my input but that "B" also looks like it could be an "e"??

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Perhaps we need to see a daylight photo without the flash reflections.
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Old 29th Dec 2019, 12:21 pm   #10
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Perhaps we need to see a daylight photo without the flash reflections.
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Old 29th Dec 2019, 5:34 pm   #11
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The logo is a lot easier to see now.
It is not one I know though. Lets see if someone knows.
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Old 29th Dec 2019, 10:00 pm   #12
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The dome bit has a stalk, like a piece of fruit, on that basis alone I am going to guess Berry Electric.

Graces Guide does not agee though.
https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Berry's_Electric
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Old 30th Dec 2019, 4:13 pm   #13
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My mind's really wandering about and getting desperate now....A muchas longshot.....Off a Baby Burco?

https://www.advertisingarchives.co.u...ert/Baby-Burco

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Old 30th Dec 2019, 4:48 pm   #14
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Maybe I was overthinking the "fruit stalk" theory. I now think the logo represents a traditional tumbler switch.

Tom has really got us stumped with this one hasn't he?

So far
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Old 31st Dec 2019, 12:20 pm   #15
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My mind has been puzzling this one too, over the last few days.

Certainly agree on the tumbler/dolly switch image however.

I have tried to think of all the old electrical manufacturers I’ve come across in my childhood and adult days and done much googling.

The only other name so far I keep coming back to is Blaco, and although found that they did indeed make conduit, have found nothing yet to suggest they made wiring accessories.

Will keep thinking......
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Old 31st Dec 2019, 9:48 pm   #16
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I'm starting to wonder if the logo perhaps belongs to the sort of manufacturer that specialises in theatre/stage lighting?

Those BS 546 plugs have always been used on lighting rigs in theatres and concert venues etc., right up to the present day.

Just an idea.....
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Old 31st Dec 2019, 10:49 pm   #17
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I'm starting to wonder if the logo perhaps belongs to the sort of manufacturer that specialises in theatre/stage lighting?

Those BS 546 plugs have always been used on lighting rigs in theatres and concert venues etc., right up to the present day.

Just an idea.....
Possible i suppose, but I think unlikely. I've rarely seen anything other than black rubber plugs used in theatre. Mainly Duraplugs, but a few others of similar construction too.
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I don't think it's theatre lighting. I did know the answer, I've got some accessories with this logo and I found it in a catalogue, it's on the tip of my tongue. It's 'B...'
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