William Wilson and Benjamin Lancaster create Edward Price and Co. and purchase the patent for the separation of coconut fats. They develop this technology for use in candle making, to produce a harder, pure white fat known as stearine.
In London, on February 20th, Price’s new stearine ‘composite’ candles are supplied, in the form of ‘Sherwood’ dinner candles, for the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert.
Two years after changing the company name from Edward Price and Co to Price’s Patent Candle Company, the company acquires a London nightlight manufacturer and the production of Price’s nightlights begin.
Having developed their Sherwood candles for the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840, Price’s had an ongoing Royal connection, having held the Royal Warrant since this date. Today, it holds the Royal Warrant for Her Majesty The Queen.
Wilson starts looking at the logistics of their manufacturing process. Liverpool is the port of entry for all West African goods; the imported palm oil is to be unloaded there and loaded for transfer by boat to London.
Price’s import large quantities of newly discovered crude petroleum from Burma, to develop paraffin wax candles. This paraffin wax is found to have a high melt point, making it technically the best wax for candle production.
For the workers at the Liverpool factory at Bromborough Pool, Price’s build a village of 147 houses with a church, institute, shop and library for its workforce.
By now, Price’s hold 114 patents for different candle manufacturing inventions, as well as working many other patents under licence.
Price’s is now the largest candle manufacturer in the world, producing 130 differently named and specified sizes of candle.
Price’s acquires its first overseas factory in Johannesburg and by 1915 the company owns six factories in South Africa, Shanghai and Chile.
Price’s proudly supply candles for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Phillip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey. The ceremony is recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio to 200 million people around the world.
Having already diversified into the production of soaps and lubricants, Price’s dominate the early part of the 20th century with their motor oils, Huile De Luxe and Motorine, used by car royalty, Rolls Royce.
Majestic, tall white candles are handcrafted for The Queen’s coronation. At 11.15am on 2nd June, Queen Elizabeth becomes the 39th Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey.
As Royal warrant holders, Price’s are commissioned to produce and supply monumental candles for the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.
Billed as the ‘wedding of the century’, on Wednesday 29th July at 11.20 am, Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer are married at St Paul’s Cathedral, in front of 3,500 guests from across the world.
Following the sale of the company in 1991, Price’s Candles is once again privately owned.
Price’s Candles launch their innovative ‘Fresh Air Odour Eliminating’ range of candles and reed diffusers.
In order to to remain at the top of the industry, Price’s Candles develop and launch their Signature Range, comprising of outstanding, sophisticated candles and diffusers across 14 stunning fragrances. Designing beautiful, timeless packaging, including branded silver lids, which complements the quality and contemporary look of the Price’s Candles brand, each fragrance is carefully developed towards future trends in home fragrance design.
Price’s Candles now have over 12 different collections, and manufacture candles of multiple shapes and sizes with a variety of burn times. Following intricate planning and design, the company proudly launch their brand new ‘Fragrance Collection’, featuring reed diffusers alongside an array of candle sizes, including the contemporary large jar. This new collection offers a vast range of scents across the five fragrance families of woody, floral, fresh, fruity and sweet.
The company continue to expand their offering, by introducing two fresh new fragrances for summer into the historic Heritage Range. In addition, the new-look Sherwood candle packaging is revealed to the market. The iconic candle, which has been supplied to the Royal Household since the 1840’s, reverted back to the historical 10 pack, rather than the triangle-shaped container of 3 candles.