Offered for sale is a pair of English brass tool rests, circa 1879, after the designs of Thomas Jeckyll (1827 – 1881) or his brother Henry Jeckyll (1838 – 1917). The tool rests were produced by the firm of Robbins & Company of Dudley England. It is known that Henry Jeckyll, Thomas’s younger brother, worked for Robbins & Company and was responsible for his elder brother’s designs and effects after his illness, which he incorporated into some of his own designs.
Each rest features a finely cast sunflower on an arched stem mounted on a trestle form base with flattened coiled feet connected with rope twisted top rail and bottom rail incised with Japanesque patterning. The Aesthetic movement relied heavily on Oriental ornamentation and after the Great Exhibition of 1851, its principles were incorporated into new and unusual designs for the period. There is a registration mark on verso for 1879.
They appear to be in very good original condition with an aged patina to the brass, not polished.
Size: 10 7/8” Height by 5” Width by 7 ¾” Length.
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