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Cruet frame
  • Cruet frame
    Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904
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Cruet frame

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1904 (made)
    1881-1893 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (designer)
    Elkington & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electroplated nickel silver

  • Credit Line:

    Lent by the National Railway Museum, York

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:NRM YORK.1:2-1999

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 13

Many of the smaller railway companies were amalgamated into larger operating units after the First World War. The cruet frame may have been used on a railway steamer from 1904 and re-engraved with the new company's initials. A very similar design for a cruet in the Elkington pattern books, with three condiment trays, is labelled "Dresser, June 9th 1885."

Physical description

Cruet stand consisting of two spun hemi-spherical bowls, joined by a flat plate from which rises a plain rod with a short cross bar at the top. The two glass cruets, for oil and vinegar, missing.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1904 (made)
1881-1893 (designed)

Artist/maker

Dresser, Christopher, born 1834 - died 1904 (designer)
Elkington & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Electroplated nickel silver

Marks and inscriptions

Elkington & Co’, 18309, 48, E&Co, S - date letter for 1904; Word begining with ‘H’ and ending in ‘M’, the rest is worn~Reverse of tray base: stamp of laurel wreath with inscription ‘LMS STEAMERS’

Dimensions

Height: 16.9 cm, Length: 17.5 cm, Width: 8 cm

Object history note

National Railway Museum Loan
Two small circular trays attached by two horizontal pieces of metal from which a T-shaped handle protrudes. Engraved 'LMS STEAMERS' for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway formed in 1923 which ran steamer services to Ireland, Isle of Man and in the Clyde. Many of the smaller railway companies were amalgamated into larger operating units after the First World War. The cruet frame may have been used on a railway steamer from 1904 and re-engraved with the new company's initials. A very similar design for a cruet in the Elkington pattern books, with three condiment trays, is labelled "Dresser, June 9th 1885.

Descriptive line

Electroplated nickel silver, Birmingham, 1904, made by Elkington and Co., designed by Christopher Dresser

Materials

Nickel silver; Silver

Techniques

Electroplating; Spinning

Subjects depicted

Laurel wreaths

Categories

Metalwork; Eating; Food vessels & Tableware; Scotland

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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