A superb late 19th century Arts & Crafts Magazine Rack in Brass and Oak by the highly regarded Metal wares firm of William Tonks & Son, Birmingham, England. Very simply in style but also most appealing visually this Magazine rack is 13" in length and 7 3/4" in width...the high point center brass divider being 13" in height. In lovely condition... just one original 'nut' missing from the underneath. The William Tonks 'SUN' Trade Mark is imprinted in the wood on the underside.
WT&S, W. Tonks & Sons, Cheapside, Birmingham, then 201, Moseley Street, Birmingham making cast and wrought brass products.Manufacturer of architectural hardware, art metal wares, campaign metal ware, ecclesiastical metalwork and an early fabricator of decorative patterned tubes. The Tonks family surname is the lists of Birmingham brass founders before the 1800's. William Tonks founded this firm around 1789- 1794. They won gold medals at the 1851 and 1862 Exhibitions in London and in 1855 at Paris The larger factory in Moseley Street was opened in the early 1860's and most items now found will date from after this time. By 1869 they had developed the eight-pointed 'sun' trade mark showing two eyes and a mouth. Later the 'WT&S' initials were sometimes inserted instead for the marks on some items but other items had a smaller, empty sun on items designed in the 1900's.Their 1890 catalogue was of 664 pages detailing a vast array of builders hardware and domestic items. Later production included the more appealing domestic designs. The name was changed to Tonks (Birmingham) Ltd., then by merger to Newman Tonks in 1970, then NT Metals. They are now in the Ingersoll-Rand Group (from 1995).
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