William Sellers and Co
Engineers, of Philadelphia.
Leeding makers of machine tools, testing machines, transmission shafting, cranes, railway turntables.
Started in 1848 as Bancroft and Sellers. In 1855, on the death of Edward Bancroft, the senior partner, the business passed into the hands of brothers William Sellers and John Sellers Jr. Their cousin, Coleman Sellers, joined the firm in 1856 after having been superintendent at Niles and Co.
Made steam hammers licensed from Robert Morrison and Co
1873 Coleman Sellers, John Sellers Bancroft and James C. Brooks became partners.
Patented and manufactured turntables - "consisting of two heavy cast-iron girders, perforated by circular holes to reduce weight and cost." They sold well to New Zealand and Australian Railways.
Sources of Information
- Turntable at Pulacayo silver mine, Bolivia images by Kevin Hoggett.