Mr Head's brass tray, John Wade

Vol 40 no 1, Feb 2018
Article from Vol 40 no 1, Feb 2018

Mr Head's brass tray, John Wade


Years ago I bought a brass tray with gum leaves on it. I turned it over and saw that the maker had incised on the back “Hand Made R. Head Cremorne”. At the time, the name meant nothing to me. Then I found another one, without a maker’s name, but in the Arts & Crafts style and with similar features: the same scalloped border, same central panel with two gum leaves on a hammered ground, same border of punched circles; similar four round feet. Eventually, I had to try to find out who “R. Head” was.

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