Elkington & Co. and the rapture of travel, 1841-1961

Grant, Alistair (2014) Elkington & Co. and the rapture of travel, 1841-1961. The Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, 22. pp. 2-31. ISSN 1359-124X

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Abstract

The first part of the essay outlines the key technical discoveries of the 1840s that made the large-scale manufacture of Elkington & Co.'s electro-plated and electro-gilded base-metal flatware and cutlery possible. The second part describes how throughout the company's lifespan, Elkington & Co.'s brand identity, corporate image, and commercial success depended on extensive orders of cutlery and flatware from an ever expanding global travel industry, particularly the great British shipping companies. The essay shows how it was in the dining saloons of ships, trains, and hotels that Elkington & Co.'s maker's mark became synonymous worldwide with the Victorians 'rapture of travel.'

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA010 British Empire. Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth
D History General and Old World > DC History of France > DC035 History > DC060 By period > DC110 Modern, 1515-
D History General and Old World > DU History of Oceania (South Seas) > DU080 Australia
E History America > E151 United States (General) > E0660 Late nineteenth century, 1865-1900
E History America > E151 United States (General) > E0740 Twentieth century
N Fine Arts
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > NK1160 Decoration and ornament. Design
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts > NK3600 Other arts and art industries > NK6400 Metalwork
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0501 Electricity and magnetism
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0501 Electricity and magnetism > QC0750 Magnetism
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0010 Communication of technical information
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0055.4 Industrial engineering. Management engineering
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0173.2 Technological change
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0175 Industrial research. Research and development
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0391 Exhibitions. Trade shows. World's fairs
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0201 Patents. Trademarks
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS0155 Production management. Operations management
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS0200 Metal manufactures. Metalworking
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS1870 Rubber industry
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts > TT0205 Metalworking
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts > TT0697 Home arts. Homecrafts Including sewing, embroidery, decorative crafts
Depositing User: Alistair Grant
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 13:06
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 04:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53664

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