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Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb Art Deco silver plate cruet

This very elegant silver plated cruet set is by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb. All the pieces have the incised rings and conical shapes typical of Keith Murray designs for Mappin & Webb. The salt and the mustard pot have their blue glass liners and each has a spoon with a gilded bowl. Both spoons are stamped Mappin & Webb. The other 3 pieces are stamped " Triple Deposit Mappin & Webb Prince's Plate London & Sheffield" with a stylised triskelion mark. The salt, pepper & mustard pot are stamped "W27704 Rd 772183". The salt & pepper pots have a "P" in a shield shaped cartouche and the mustard pot has an "O" in a shield shaped cartouche.

Approximate dimensions:
Weight (the set): 12ozs - 338gms
Height of pepper: 3.27ins - 8.3cms
Width of salt: 2.32ins - 5.9cms
Width of mustard: 3.31ins - 8.4cms

Keith Day Pearce Murray was born in New Zealand but came to England when he was 14. He qualified as an architect but turned his hand to illustrating before becoming a full time designer. He worked on a freelance basis for the glass makers Steven & Williams and then for Wedgwood pottery and his designs in metal were created for Mappin & Webb. In 1936 he was appointed architect in charge of designing Wedgwood's new factory in Burlaston and he returned to architecture after the war.

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