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  • Place of origin:

    London (designed and made)

  • Date:

    ca.1925 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.F. Thompson (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    White metal, embossed and chased

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Part of a small collection of metalwork, designs and photographs documenting the work of A.F. Thompson, `art metal worker'. His address appears to have been 8 Noel Street, Wardour Street , London W1, in 1908, and later 19 Effingham Road, Lee Green, London, SE12 (1955). Illustrated work includes for example, a processional cross, 1908; metalwork for the shop front of International Art Galleries Ltd; an altar cross for Brisbane Cathedral, 1916, an altar cross and candlesticks for St. Mary's, Graham Street, Sloane Square, 1930; a chalice for Gloucester Cathedral; sliding lift doors for Selfridges; doors for the National Provincial Bank, Luton, a triptych for the Queen of Spain, and a design for an emblem for 99 Squadron, R.A.F., dated 1940.

Physical description

Model for the key plate of a gold freedom box, white metal on a base metal backing. The solid aperture for the key is flaked `O' and `A' and surmounted by an Earl's coronet.

Place of Origin

London (designed and made)


ca.1925 (designed and made)


A.F. Thompson (maker)

Materials and Techniques

White metal, embossed and chased


Height: 3.9 cm, Width: 3.4 cm

Object history note

This model was intended for a key plate to a gold freedom box which was presented by the City of London to the Earl of Oxford and Asquith. Two photographs of the finished box are included in the accompanying archive material. They date the presentation of the freedom of the City of London to the Earl of Oxford and Asquith to the 13th May, 1925.

Descriptive line

Model for a key plate for a gold freedom box, white metal, London, ca.1925, probably made by A.F. Thompson.


White metal


Embossing; Chasing

Subjects depicted





Metalwork Collection

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