An Aesthetic Period Victorian Brass Coal Box. Having an embossed brass foliate top with cylindrical brass handle, sitting in a wrought iron cradle with floral brass motifs, complete with contemporary brass shovel. This coal box was made by Benham and Froud who made many items of this period which were designed by Christopher Dresser and has the "orb" stamp to the base, circa 1870-1880
Condition: This coal box is in excellent original condition.
Benham & Froud c1855-1924, Chandos St, London, describing themselves variously as general metal workers, art metal workers and lamp manufacturers. The famous 'orb' was adopted because the firm made the present cross on the dome of St Paul's Cathedral in 1821 and it could be seen from the shop in London.