Victorian Silver Atomiser
Modelled as a 19th Century fire hydrant. Made by E H. Stockwell, London, 1891 Retailed by Alfred Clark of 20 Old Bond Street, London
By the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the Victorians revelled in their love of making everyday objects in novelty shapes.
Edward Stockwell specialised in the manufacture of ‘presentation swords and cup and bottle mounts in gold and silver’.
Alfred Clark was a silversmith but also listed himself as a Dressing Bag maker with premises at 20 Old Bond Street, London.
He dealt in the top end of the market and counted Royalty amongst his customers with Edward VII owning one of his walking canes and a silver cigarette case given to him by his brother Bertie. Clark also sold campaign cutlery barrels, fitted travelling trunks, travel barometers, engraved seals etc. Clark was at Bond Street from the 1890s to after 1915
A great deal of Stockwell’s work was retailed by W. Thornhill & Co. who were renowned for the novelties they sold which were always of the highest quality. Thornhill were famous for their Norwegian and Albanian chatelaine belts to which they continuously added new novelty appendages, particularly prior to Christmas.