Child's Chafing Dish

1912-1918 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Teddy bears became very popular very quickly at the beginning of the 20th century. Images of teddy bears began to appear on all sorts of objects. The idea of bears behaving like humans took hold and resulted in images such as the ones on this chafing dish. The sporting activities of such bears included cricket, football, skating and golf. The dish performed a useful function as well as being decorative. When filled with hot water the metal base kept the child's food warm.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Chafing Dish
  • Chafing Dish Screw Cap
Brief Description
Child's Chafing Dish; English, 1912-18
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
COPPER BRITISH MAKE
Credit line
Given by Mrs A. M. W. Morgan
Object history
References: See also B 268, 269 (1,2)-1997, part of same set

See also Misc.314 & A-1978 by J & G Meakin of Hanley, the cup of which has the roller-skating teddy motif found on B.269-1997



The donor found the pieces (B267/269-1997) when clearing a house belonging to distant relatives. She suggests that they are likely to have belonged to Albert Sedgwick, who was born in about 1904.

What is certain is that the addition of 'ENGLAND' to Aynsleys' mark dates the pieces from 1891 or later.
Production
Made by John Aynsley & Sons Ltd (by association with B.268, 269 (1,2)-1997)



Reason For Production: Retail
Summary
Teddy bears became very popular very quickly at the beginning of the 20th century. Images of teddy bears began to appear on all sorts of objects. The idea of bears behaving like humans took hold and resulted in images such as the ones on this chafing dish. The sporting activities of such bears included cricket, football, skating and golf. The dish performed a useful function as well as being decorative. When filled with hot water the metal base kept the child's food warm.
Collection
Accession Number
B.267:1, 2-1997

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record createdApril 19, 2000
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