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Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb silver plated cruet

This very elegant silver plated cruet set is by Keith Murray for Mappin & Webb. Made in the 1930s the set comprises a pepper, a salt with blue glass liner and a covered mustard pot with spoon and blue glass liner. All the pieces have the incised rings and conical shapes typical of Murray designs for Mappin & Webb. All pieces are marked but the spoon although silver plate is not original to the set and is not by Mappin & Webb.

Weight (the set): 344gms - 0lbs 12 1/8ozs
Height of salt: 8cms - 3 2/8ins
Width of salt & mustard: 5.7cms - 2 1/4 ins

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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