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Wax flower making kit

Wax flower making kit

  • Place of origin:

    London (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1850-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mintorn & Son (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Box of japanned metal, with wax, paper and wood flower making materials

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Mary Scott

  • Museum number:

    W.185 to AAA-1923

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122b, case 2 []

Object Type
This kit, contained in a practical metal box, includes all the materials required for the amateur to make wax flowers. The patterns include familiar garden flowers, such as dahlias, and more unusual plants, such as a scarlet passion flower. Once finished, the wax flowers would have been placed in a vase and protected under a glass shade.

Mintorn & Son specialised in glass shades and imported alabaster vases of various shapes and sizes as well as kits for modelling wax flowers, like this example. The firm had premises in various fashionable addresses in central London, including the Pantheon Bazaar, Oxford Street, and New Bond Street, from the 1840s to the 1860s.

Ownership & Use
Modelling wax flowers was an amateur hobby enjoyed by women. John and Horatio Mintorn, the makers of this kit, published an instruction manual, Modelling Wax Flowers, in 1844. It was clearly aimed at a fashionable audience, with a dedication to the Duchess of Northumberland. Vases of wax flowers under protective glass shades were used to decorate drawing rooms and boudoirs.

Place of Origin

London (manufactured)


1850-1860 (made)


Mintorn & Son (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Box of japanned metal, with wax, paper and wood flower making materials


Height: 23 cm with lid up, Width: 21 cm, Depth: 16 cm

Object history note

Manufactured by Mintorn & Son, 106 New Bond Street, London.
Made in London

Descriptive line

Wax flower making kit, made by Mintorn & Son, in a japanned metal box. Great Britain, ca. 1850-60.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Noël Riley, The Accomplished Lady. A History of Genteel Pursuits c. 1660-1860. Leeds: Oblong, 2017, illustrated p. 226.


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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