Toast rack

Ref: 1733
  • Maker / Retailer

    Manufactured by Albert Edward Jones (1878-1954)

    Marked for Debenhams Ltd (1905-19)

  • Detail

    Silver

    9.5 x 8 x 6.8 cm

    English (Birmingham), 1916

  • Marks

    Birmingham date mark for 1916, ‘DLtd’ [?], Debenhams Ltd, and 598 (see below, right)

  • Provenance

    Private collection

  • Notes

    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.