A charming sterling silver toast rack, fully hallmarked for Carrington & Co, Birmingham, 1923.
The firm of Carrington was named after its founder John Bodman Carrington who established his manufacturing business at 130 Regent Street, London.
He was listed as a silversmith, goldsmith and jeweller working from the London premises of the Birmingham silversmiths G.R. Collis & Co. The business was re-styled Carrington & Co in 1880 and the firm specialised in extra strong silver plate for use in restaurants, hotels and ships.
By the early 1890s Carrington were advertising themselves as jewellers, diamond merchants, dealers in precious stones and manufacturing silversmiths. At this time the partners were John Carrington, William Carrington Smith and George Bruford. They were awarded the Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria and would go on to gain the warrants of Prince Albert, Edward VII and George V, as well as Nicholas I and II and Queen Alexandra of Russia. In 1893 they created the beautiful Dorset bow brooch for Queen Mary and in 1911 they set the famous Cullinan diamonds numbers III and IV into a brooch/ pendant for her, a jewel owned by the Queen who affectionately refers to them as ‘Granny’s chips’.
This small elegant toast rack has five bars, a loop handle, rounded corners and four ball feet. There is some light wear commensurate with age, most notably a small warp to one edge of the central bar (please see photographs).
Height: 8.5cm (including handle)
Weight: 60 grams
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