|Administrative / biographical background:
Joseph Wright and Co. of Tipton, Staffordshire, manufactured at the Neptune Forge Chain, Anchor, Engine, and Boiler Works in Tipton, from 1851 to 1994. The company were, according to their letterhead of 1882, 'manufacturers of anchors, chains, chain cables &c' and 'patentees & sole makers of the celebrated Berryman-Feedwater Heater and Interheater.' Later headed paper of 1890 stated the company's specialities were 'The Berryman Patent Heater saves from 15 to 60% in coal, water, and labour, &c. Forgings of all kinds in iron & steel. Housing pins and boxes finished complete. Chain cables. Crane chain. Sole makers of the A I Special Best Best J. W. & Co. Registered Brand. Lashing, sling, and coupling chains. Draw bars, hooks, rings, swivels, and shackles. Martin's Patent Anchors. Admiralty and commercial patterns. Smith's work of every description. Boilers, colliery tubs, tanks, &c.' The company was described by Griffiths's 'Guide to the Iron Trade' in 1873 as 'one of the largest chain and anchor works in England', and as internationally reputable, selling as it did to Germany, Russia, Turkey and others worldwide. Wright & Co. were also the original makers of the Martin's Anchor to the patentee Claude Martin, which was widely successful and almost entirely superseded older anchor models. The anchor was improved and in 1892 Joseph Wright and Co. were the sole makers of the New Patent Martin-Anchor Improved. Mr Joseph Wright, the proprietor, married into the industrial Tinsley family; his father in law was Mr Theophilus Tinsley, a well know nail factor of Dudley.