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  • Place of origin:

    Royal College of Art (made)

  • Date:

    September 1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.638:1-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 150, box A

S. Slinger & Co. began business in the 1890s primarily as a manufacturer of rubber stamps. After World War II the company was joined by two wood-engravers, Arthur Platt and Frank Moyes, who engraved signatures and trade devices for rubber stamps and illustrations for trade catalogues. The Slinger business carried on until about 1970. Amongst their customers were furniture manufacturers Lloyd Loom (see E.629-1994), surgical instrument manufacturers Allen and Hanbury, Bush Radio and Television (see E.623-8-1994) and hardware and tool retailer Herbert K. Staub (see E.644-1994). These blocks were electrotyped so there was therefore no need to rout out their backgrounds.

Physical description

Proof taken from a wood-engraved block featuring a clock, the block made ca. 1945-1970 by S. Slinger.

Place of Origin

Royal College of Art (made)

Date

September 1994 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on paper

Dimensions

Height: 27.5 cm, Width: 25 cm

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1995 from E.S. Slinger, manufacturer's son.

Descriptive line

Proof taken at the Royal College of Art from a wood-engraved block produced by S. Slinger Ltd. for a manufacturer ca. 1945-1970 and featuring a clock; British, September 1994.

Labels and date

[Draft?] S. Slinger & Co. began business in the 1890s primarily as a manufacturer of rubber stamps but after World War II was joined by two wood-engravers, Arthur Platt and Frank Moyes, who engraved signatures and trade devices for rubber stamps, and illustrations for trade catalogues. Their business carried on until ca.1970. Amongst their customers were Lloyd Loom (furniture manufacturers; see E.629-1994), Allen and Hanbury (surgical instrument manufacturers), Bush Radio and Television (see E.623-8-1994) and Herbert K. Staub (hardware and tool retailer; see E.644-1994). These blocks were electrotyped; there was therefore no need to route out their backgrounds. [1994]
SLINGER & CO
Wood engraved blocks for various manufacturers. c. 1945-1970
E.623-638-1994

Mr Slinger began business in the 1890s primarily as a manufacturer
of rubber stamps but after World War II was joined by two wood
engravers, Arthur Platt and Frank Moyes, who engraved signatures
and trade devices for rubber stamps, and did 'catalogue' work. Their
business carried on until c.1970. Amongst their customers were
Lloyd Loom (chair manufacturers), Allen and Hanbury (surgical
instruments), Bush Radio and Television and Herbert K. Staub
(hardware and tool retailer). Michael Renton, who was an apprentice
there in the '50s, has described their use of photographic transfer or
freehand engraving, use of tint and multiple tools and the ruling
machine. Their only post-war competitor was Frampton & Co in
Clerkenwell Road, who only went out of business in 1983. Suppliers
of scientific and precision equipment (such as electrical equipment
and tools) and the jewellery trade were the main users of wood
engraving in the 20th century. []

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Clock

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Images Online

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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