Maker / Retailer
Manufactured by Albert Edward Jones (1878-1954)
Marked for Debenhams Ltd (1905-19)
9.5 x 8 x 6.8 cm
English (Birmingham), 1916
Birmingham date mark for 1916, ‘DLtd’ [?], Debenhams Ltd, and 598 (see below, right)
The toast rack appears in an (undated) A.E. Jones trade catalogue, under the heading ‘St Dunstan Silverware’ (see below, right). ‘No. 598 Silver Toast rack £1 10 0’.
Debenhams was founded in 1778 by William Clark and was based at 44, Wigmore Street. It went through various partnerships before being incorporated as Debenhams Ltd in 1905; in 1919 the company merged with Marshall & Snelgrove.
We do not know if Debenhams retailed Arts & Crafts silver or if this was simply something manufactured for them for use in a ‘tea room’. The only other piece of silver to have been noted with a mark for Debenhams is a sugar castor, also by A.E. Jones.
Image from Jones catalogue and other information kindly supplied by Anthony Bernbaum.