Manufacturers’ Markings

Many Vickers MGs are not directly marked as to who the manufacturer was as the War Office contract guns did not require anything further than a serial number. The exception to this rule are the Commercial Guns as the manufacturer wished all to know who produced the gun as an additional marketing technique. Component parts and accessories often included a manufacturer marking for traceability.

In the Second World War, this was reduced to an alpha-numerical code with N for Northern, M for Midlands and then S for Southern, followed by a number. Manufacturers’ markings are sometimes accompanied by a year of production, which could be the full four digits or just the two end digits.

For additional information on the history of UK companies, the links go to Graces Guide.

For a graphical representation of the extent of manufacturers of the Vickers MG, its components and accessories, we have plotted those markings identified from the VMGCRA collection on to a Google Map layer.

B

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
B & Co Ltd.Bradley Bar & Sheet Iron Company, Bradley, BilstonNo 6 and No 7 Belt Boxes
BABathurst Annex (a feeder factory for the Small Arms Factory, Lithgow, Australia)Extractor
BAGCRAFT LTD.Bagcraft, Sackville House, 39-40 Picadilly, London, W1VGO ammunition pouches
B.A.M.Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Nottingham and Glasgow.Muzzle cup
B.H.&G.Barrow, Hepburn & Gale, Grange Mills, Grange Road, Bermondsey, LondonOil can cases
BSA (and three rifles)Birmingham Small ArmsMonopod
BUSBritish United Shoe Machinery Company, Leicester.Extractor
B.W.Ld. LondonBowden Wire Co., Willesden Junction, LondonMuzzle cup
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (B).

C

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
CACowra Annex, (a feeder factory for the Small Arms Factory, Lithgow), Cowra, New South Wales, AustraliaTrigger bar
C.P. Ltd.Caoutchouc Products Ltd. – possibly Continental Caoutchouc and Guttapercha Co, Holborn Viaduct, LondonVGO single ammunition pouch
CRDClimax Rock Drill Company, Carn Brea, CornwallFeedblock top pawl, crank handles
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (C).

E

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
E inside DRoyal Small Arms Factory, EnfieldDirection dial pointer, Mark IV tripod
EFDRoyal Small Arms Factory, EnfieldMark I ammunition belt
EvertautEvertaut, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, BirminghamNo 2 Mark I .5-inch ammunition box
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (E).

F

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
FBPFábrica de Braço de Prata, PortugalPortuguese-made Vickers MG, Clinometer, Ammunition belts
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (F).

G

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
G S WGeneral Steel Wares, Canada2 Gallon Can
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (G).

H

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
H & E Ltd.Hooper & Edman, BirminghamNo. 8 Belt Box
H. BrindleyH Brindley, Ltd, Birmingham.Belt repair tool
H.T.&S.Herbert Terry & Sons, Redditch, Worcestershire.Feedblock bottom pawl spring
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (H).

J

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
J & J.T. Ltd.John & Joseph Taunton, BirminghamNo. 8 Belt Box
J.B.& CoJones Brothers & Company, WolverhamptonNo. 6 Belt Box
JIJohn Inglis and Company, CanadaBarrels
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (J).

M

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
M/268Westley Richards, BournbrookTrigger lock
M 78Elkington & Co. Ltd, Newhall Street, BirminghamMonopod
M 602Alfred Bray & Sons Limited, Leicester.Mark IV tripod
M 603British United Shoe Machinery Company, Leicester.Extractor
M.611Mellor Bromley Co., LeicesterSlide No 1
MAMade in AustraliaFeedblock top and bottom pawls springs, Slide No 1
MCMonotype Corporation, Salfords, RedhillExtractor
M.E.CoMills Equipment Company, 56 Victoria Street, Westminster, London, SW1VGO ammunition pouches
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (M).

P

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
P & P Ltd.Peyton & Peyton, BirminghamNo. 8 Belt Box
PAParkes Annex, (a feeder factory for the Small Arms Factory, Lithgow), Parkes, New South WalesExtractor
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (P).

R

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
RCDRoyal Carriage DepartmentTripod mounting blocks
RFIRifle Factory Ishapore, IndiaExtractor
R.P.LtdR Parkyn LimitedWebbing ammunition box carriers
RPL over SRheem Australia Proprietary Limited, SydneyNo. 8 and No. 10 belts boxes
RTRandwick Tramways, SydneyMark IV tripods
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (R).

S

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
S 26Climax Rock Drill Company, Carn Brea, CornwallFeedblock casing
S 81Monotype Corporation, Salfords, Redhill Extractor
S 254Portadyne Radio, Portadyne Works, 18-19 Gorst Road, London, NW10.Mark 5 tripod direction pointer
S 343Nicholls & Janes, St. Mary’s St., High Wycombe, BucksSpare parts box Mark III
S.J.&E.F. Ltd.S.J. & E. Fellows Limited, Vulcan Works, WolverhamptonNo. 6 belt box
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (S).

T

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
T.F.&S.LdThomas French & Sons, Dyer Street, Chester Road, Manchester.Stripless ammunition belts
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (T).

V

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
V inside CVickers Armstrongs CrayfordRear cover lock
VAVickers Armstrongs.5-inch Mark V
VACVickers Armstrongs CrayfordExtractor, rear cover lock
V.A.ER.Vickers Armstrongs ErithClass C Vickers machine gun
VANVickers-Armstrongs (believed to be Newcastle)Feedblock casing
VSMVickers, Sons and MaximTrigger bar, crosspiece, rear cover lock
VSM in circleVickers, Sons and MaximSlide No 1
VSM MVickers, Sons and Maxim – the ‘M’ is believed to indicate the ‘Maxim’ works at Erith.Fusee, trigger lock
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (V).

W

MarkingManufacturer detailsExamples found on
W.T.&Co.Wynn, Timmins & Co Ltd., BirminghamBelt repairing tool
Manufacturers markings on Vickers MGs and components (W).

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