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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 122c

Cup

19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This two-handled cup is an electrotype copy of an English silver wine cup, hallmarked for London, 1719-20.

Materials & Making
The technique of making or reproducing objects by electrotyping was first demonstrated in 1838 and was developed by Elkington & Co. in the 1840s.The technique involves making a plaster mould from an original object and then making a model in base metal from that mould. The model and a quantity of the plating metal (usually silver) are then connected to electric terminals and placed in a bath filled with a conductive solution. The electrical current causes particles of the plating metal to be deposited on the surface of the model. The thickness of the plating can be regulated by the duration and voltage of the current. The plated object is then worked manually to erase imperfections. A difference in the quality of surface can be detected in unburnished pieces, and clarity of line is sometimes lost.

Time
The extensive scheme for reproducing electrotype copies of metal objects was undertaken by the Science and Art Department in the latter half of the 19th century. Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A), quickly grasped the educational potential of this new technique.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Electrotype, silver-plated
Brief Description
Two handled cup
Dimensions
  • Height: 13cm
  • Width: 21cm
Object history
Made in England
Production
Original - 1719-20
Summary
Object Type
This two-handled cup is an electrotype copy of an English silver wine cup, hallmarked for London, 1719-20.

Materials & Making
The technique of making or reproducing objects by electrotyping was first demonstrated in 1838 and was developed by Elkington & Co. in the 1840s.The technique involves making a plaster mould from an original object and then making a model in base metal from that mould. The model and a quantity of the plating metal (usually silver) are then connected to electric terminals and placed in a bath filled with a conductive solution. The electrical current causes particles of the plating metal to be deposited on the surface of the model. The thickness of the plating can be regulated by the duration and voltage of the current. The plated object is then worked manually to erase imperfections. A difference in the quality of surface can be detected in unburnished pieces, and clarity of line is sometimes lost.

Time
The extensive scheme for reproducing electrotype copies of metal objects was undertaken by the Science and Art Department in the latter half of the 19th century. Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A), quickly grasped the educational potential of this new technique.
Collection
Accession Number
REPRO.1872-8

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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