Victorian silver-plated crumb tray by Hukin & Heath Ltd Birmingham
It should be said, every best-dressed table should have a respectable looking pan at hand for sweeping up crumbs, and this elegant Hukin & Heath silver-plated crumb tray is just-the-job. Celebrated silversmith and designer Christopher Dresser presided over Hukin & Heath Ltd giving guidance during the 1870s and 1880s. This crumb tray was made during this time, and although not by Dresser, bears his influence for simplicity and angularity in its design.
Country of origin: UK
Date of manufacture: hallmark c.1875
Maker: Hukin & Heath
Condition: good, with fine scratch marks to the surface, as would be expected from such long years of service.
Established in Birmingham in 1855 by Jonathan Wilson and John Thomas Heath, the firm produced a range of modern items with a practical use, and good examples of their silverware and flatware are now much sort after. Hukin & Heath products have become very collectable and are of interest to historians concerned with the industrial manufacturing processes of the late 19th century.