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M 331

Collection

MET

Brief description

Cast polished steel fire poker with a twisted brass handle and a floral finial, part of a set of fire tools including tongs and a shovel, each with a registration lozenge mark and the letter H which dates them to 1843, possibly made in Sheffield by H & W Turner.

Object name

poker

Object number

M 331

Location

Temp Exhib Space

Production organisation

H & W Turner of Sheffield (manufacturer)

Production date

1843 (manufactured)

Production place

Sheffield (manufactured)

Period

Victorian (1837-1901)

Material

steel
brass

Technique

cast
polished
twisted
turned

Physical description

Cast polished steel poker featuring a cast decorative brass handle with a twisted turned shaft and a floral finial. It has a registration lozenge mark and the letter H which dates it to 1843.

Dimensions

Height: 74.4cm

Website keywords

fire tools
fireplaces

Comments

Roderick Butler, base metals expert and independent scholar, examined this object on 12 February 2009.

He noted that this poker, and the shovel and tongs that make up this set of fire tools, have a registration lozenge mark. Based on the design schedule the letter H dates the set to 1843. For details of the mark on these fire tools, see the annotated notes provided by Roderick Butler currently on the object's history file. Polished steel is quite difficult to maintain. These are high quality examples, although there is some rusting; originally they would have been quite bright.

This set of fire tools is closely related to a similar set made by H & W Turner of Sheffield, illustrated in The Crystal Palace Exhibition illustrated catalogue, London 1851 (New York: Dover Publications and London: Constable, 1970), p.200.

A full transcript of notes from this examination is available on the object's history file and as a digital asset.
 
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