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Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb silver plated cocktail shaker

This extremely stylish Art Deco silver plated cocktail shaker with spout was designed by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb. The conical shape with incised circles on the foot and around the top of the shaker and the base of the lid is typical of Murray's metalware and ceramic designs. The underside of the shaker is marked "Triple Deposit Mappin & Webb's Prince's Plate London & Sheffield W27795 R.141 1 Pint RD 772183" There is a shield shaped cartouche with the date letter "M", a symbol like a stylised triskelion and another symbol like an open book.

Approximate dimensions:
Weight: 1lb 8.75ozs - 700gms
Height: 8.86ins - 22.5cms
Width (spout to handle): 7ins - 18cms

Keith Day Pearce Murray (1892 - 1981) 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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