Fire tools

Ref: 2195
  • Designer / Maker

    Designed by Ernest Gimson (1864-1919)

    Manufactured by Alfred Bucknell (1878-1955), or Norman Bucknell (1910-2006)

  • Detail

    Steel

    Length: 31 cm (tongs)

    Length: 52 cm (poker)

    English (Waterlane), first half of twentieth century

  • Note

    Designs by Gimson for closely related fire tools are in the collection of The Wilson,  Cheltenham; see, for example, 1941.223:148 (particularly the tongs) and 1941.223:152 (particularly the poker) – see right

    The work of Alfred and Norman Bucknell is so similar that, without provenance, firm dating is impossible.

    An identical poker, engraved ‘A. Norman Bucknell fecit. 1914’ is in the collection of The Wilson; see Annette Carruthers and Mary Greensted, eds, Arts and Crafts Living: Objects from the Cheltenham Collections, 1999, no. 71 and fig. 61