Norman and Ernest Spittle coal bin
A large copper coal bin attributed to Norman and Ernest Spittle, circa 1905.
A very large coal bin … definitely one for those with a large fireplace! The copper bin has lovely riveted panels throughout. The two centre panels have very well worked, finely hammered, repousse Tudor roses. The lid and the sides of the box have decorative iron handles.
A very similar design of coal box or coal “vase” was illustrated in the Norman and Ernest Spittle catalogue, circa 1905, and an article on the Spittle brothers in The Furniture Record and the Furnisher, December 1902. The coal vase was slightly taller and the repousse pattern different but the similarity of the key design elements make this a strong attribution.
Dimensions: 21″ tall by 16 1/2″ wide and 16 1/2″ deep
Condition: Minor dings as you’d expect for a coal bin of this age. Possibly had a liner inside at one time