Newton School copper box
A copper box made by the Newton School of Metal Work, circa 1910.
This is a known design by the School and multiple versions of varying sizes appear in an image of the School’s exhibition stand at the Home Arts & Industries Association exhibition held in the Royal Albert Hall, 1913.
I can’t be absolutely certain of the designer but similar designs with twist handles were produced by George Tanner. Over the years I have invariably seen these boxes attributed to the Guild of Handicraft due to the twisted wire handles being somewhat similar to designs produced by Charles Robert Ashbee.
The oval box has a planished finish all over and a nice riveted side seem on one side. The lid fits well and has a finely worked twisted wire handle which is riveted in place.
Dimensions: 5 1/2″ long by 4 1/2″ wide and 3″ 1/2″ tall
Condition: The edge of the lid is slightly misshapen in a few places