Our quality brass lighting hardware comes from a manufacturer in the UK that has been making light fittings since 1840.
In order to make the best display of the nostalgic Edison style globe, we make sure we offer hardware of the era of a quality that matches the hand made nature of the early industrial products. S Lilley & Son were founded in circa 1840 manufacturing components for the then booming Railway industry. They subsequently became one of the first manufacturers of brass lampholders and lighting accessories. They lay claim to being one of the oldest lighting business’s still in ownership by decendents of the founding family. With this wealth of experience they are now the UK’s leading manufacturer of lampholders and components for the Lighting Industry. All their products are made under our BS EN ISO 9001:2008 registration, which ensures customers can rely on our consistent quality.
The business was started around 1840 by Simeon Lilley, a master metal stamper and piercer. Simeon was one of ten children born to William and Harriet Lilley; he himself would have four sons, two of whom, Walter and Alfred, would eventually work in the business.
Some of the firm’s earliest products were detonator explosives for the railways and cylinder fog signals. Door and cupboard furniture including drop handles, studs and latch locks followed. Other memorable products included ‘The Imperial’ crystal wireless set first produced in 1918, and the ‘Golden’ series of terminals and plugs for the radio trade as well as electrical lamp holders.
A seemingly endless stream of products has flowed from the factory: shutter knobs, kettle knobs, can knobs, cupboard turns, sash fasteners, cups and screws, cycle accessories, pedal caps, adjustment tips, tape buckles, clips, ferrules and washers; small stampings for the electrical trade; from brass lamp holders to conduit bushes. Today the range is focused more to the lighting industry, and whilst the vast range of items are available from stock the company also offers a bespoke service producing custom made pressed and turned parts.
For generations the business has remained a family firm, and today the staff still includes members of the Lilley family.
Often referred to as the ‘Rolls Royce’ end of the lighting sector today Lilley’s products are now sold across the world.