A wonderful hand beaten copper tray produced by the Keswick School of Industrial Arts and stamped KSIA. The tray consists of a central, decorated panel of stylised thistles raised in profile against a stippled background with concave roundels and a circular, concave centre with hammered, raised border. Around this central area is an undecorated area which merges with the sides of the tray, all hand-beaten into wonderful, wave-like effect. The whole piece is very much in the style of the aesthetic movement and makes a lovely decorative statement when attached to the wall by its cord.
Keswick School of Industrial Art (KSIA) was founded in 1884 by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley and his wife Edith as an evening class in woodwork and repoussé metalwork at the Crosthwaite Parish Rooms, in Keswick, Cumbria. The enterprise, designed to alleviate unemployment, prospered, and within ten years more than a hundred men were attending classes. A new building was erected for the school at a nearby site.
KSIA produced high quality and well designed wares in copper, brass, pewter, stainless steel and silver. Much work in silver was produced for churches throughout the land. In the 1930's a large part of the Schools work was made in 'Firths Staybrite' a form of stainless steel which for a long time was very successful. As well as everyday items stainless steel jewellery was also made inspired by Norse designs in the late 1960's.
Every article made at the School was stamped with the school mark, with nothing being allowed to be sold by individual members.
Good vintage condition for its age with no dents or other structural issues. Some areas of verdigris tarnishing and other signs of wear and tear as you would expect with pieces of this age. Three small slivers of surface patination have been lost although these will eventually merge with the surrounding patination with age. There have been various attempts to attach a hanging cord at the back of the tray with residual signs of solder.
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