Picknick basket for two people in wicker from the late nineteenth century and manufactured by CORACLE. The lids are lined inside in honey-colored leather. It includes a wicker-lined toothpick for closing and a wicker handle. It is made up of silver cutlery sets for two people, the knives with ivory handles, a small spoon for sugar, two plates of white enamelled plate with a gold edge and two others for ceramic tea, two ceramic tea cups, sugar bowl and ceramic salt shaker (the salt shaker includes a wicker support to prevent tipping), stove, copper kettle with wicker handle, metal bottle of alcohol or petroleum, sandwich maker with white enamelled ceramic base and metal lid, metal box for the tea or coffee, two glasses lined in wicker and two glass bottles lined in wicker.
Picnic basket in cowhide signed by “Barrett & Sons”.
Picnic basket in cowhide signed by “Barrett & Sons” from the late 19th century. Lock by strap and silver buckle. It is made up of a kettle, burner cage, burner, boxes for water, tea, sugar, cookies, a glass jar and a box of matches. The lid contains two teaspoons.
Andrew Barrett was born in Ireland in 1819 but had set up in business in London as a brush and comb maker by 1846 at 118 Piccadilly. By 1852 he had moved to 86A Edgware Road. By 1865 he is also listed as a sponge importer and his premises have greatly increased to include 53 Albermarle St, 63 & 64 Piccadilly, 186 Oxford St and 29 St. Georges Pl. as well as his Edgware Road address. By 1880 he had moved from Edgware Road, and Oxford Street which was occupied by Charles Usher who described himself as late Andrew Barrett and conducted a similar business. Usher was likely an employee who set up on his own when the premises became available. Barrett kept the Piccadilly and Albermarle addresses and infact had added premises at 157 – 158 Piccadilly by 1894. By 1899 his sons had joined the business and they had expanded to 52 & 53 Albermarle St. and 372 Oxford St whilst retaining their Piccadilly addresses. With the exception of Oxford Street, they still had these addresses in 1912. Although Barretts started off, and are primarily listed in the trade directories as Brush Manufacturers, the company expanded and diversified to include trunk making and selling a range of travel equipment. They are know to have retailed silver items made by Henry Cooper & Sons of Birmingham.
Cutlery box for 12 people WALKER & HALL, SHEFFIELD 1933.
Cutlery box for 12 people in noble wood with metal lock and drawer handle. Box and cutlery signed by “WALKER & HALL, SHEFFIELD”. It consists of steel knives with ivorine hilt, and silver plated forks and spoons. It contains punching for identification on the back. On the top cover there is a metal inlay with reference to a wedding gift: “Presented to Miss E.M. Hodgins on the occasion of her MARRIAGE to Mr. W. SCULLIER. Upon her resignation as general secretary of THE LIVERPOOL C.H.A. CLUB. And as a token of esteem and appreciation by the members. 8 th April 1933”. Contains a key that opens and closes perfectly. The origin of Walker & Hall started in Sheffield in 1845 by George Walker dedicating himself to electroplating. In 1853 Henry Hall joined the business and the company became Walker & Hall. The factory was on Howard Street, Sheffield and the showroom was opened at 45 Holborn Viaduct, London; expanding in the following years throughout the world. In 1920 it became a limited liability company (ltd), and in 1963 they merged with British Silverware Ltd.
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