R.M.S Queen Mary plaque by Elkington & Co., 1936
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Elkington & Co.
A large and magnificent electro-formed silvered plaque of outstanding presence and quality by renowned makers of English silverware Elkington & Co. Ltd, depicting R.M.S Queen Mary entering port with three accompanying tugs and a pilot in attendance. The high relief plaque, with a triple stepped surrounding border, is impressed lower left ELKINGTON & Co. LTD. English, circa 1936. Of substance and with such a fine attention to detail, we can expect that this piece would have been commissioned as boardroom piece for Cunard, or perhaps for on board decoration on the ship herself. The plaque is set within a fluted mahogany stained frame, and unglazed.
Size of plaque: 22 x 38 inches (56 x 97 cm)
Size overall: 27 x 43 inches (69 x 109 cm)
Elkington & Co. was founded in 1824 by brothers Henry and George Elkington, and in 1838 the company developed and patented a new technique of plating items with a thin layer of precious metal, employing electrical current. This new process, and its success, grew the company exponentially making Elkington the world leader in quality silverware. The most notable commissions came from Queen Victoria, the White Star Line for the silverware to be used on R.M.S Titanic, and the ladies singles tennis trophy at Wimbledon.
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