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Box and lid

Box and lid

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Compression-moulded Bakelite

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Small, round box with screw-top made from green mottled Bakelite. The lid carries a moulded design resembling a camera lens aperture.

Place of Origin

England (probably, manufactured)


1930-1960 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Compression-moulded Bakelite

Marks and inscriptions

'J.D./PX . 200/2'


Height: 3.3 cm, Diameter: 4.1 cm

Object history note

Fred Bulmer, a collector based in Leeds, Yorkshire, offered his collection of ‘plastic antiques’ to the V&A in late 1982. The Museum chose to purchase 59 objects from Bulmer the following year (for acquisition papers see MA/1/B3395). The objects were divided among the Museum’s collections according to object type: Furniture and Woodwork taking 26 objects (W.50 to 75-1983), Metalwork 18 objects (M.49 to 66-1984) and Ceramics and Glass 14 objects (C.41 to 54-1984).

Historical context note

This box was probably designed as a container for a camera lens.

Descriptive line

Small box and lid; green Bakelite; probably England, 1930s - 1950s


Bakelite; Phenolic


Compression moulding


Plastic; Containers

Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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