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Cutlery set
Date Made/Found: Around 1957
Designer: David Mellor , 1930 - 2009
Donor: Walker & Hall , 1853 - 1963
Manufacturer: Walker & Hall , 1853 - 1963
Material and Medium: stainless steel and plastic
Dimensions: Overall (Knife (a): 7 x 18 x 96mm (1/4 x 11/16 x 3 3/4in.) Overall (Fork (b): 21 x 22 x 176mm (13/16 x 7/8 x 6 15/16in.) Overall (Spoon (c): 18 x 42 x 175mm (11/16 x 1 5/8 x 6 7/8in.) Overall (Knife (d): 7 x 17 x 216mm (1/4 x 11/16 x 8 1/2in.) Overall (Knife (e): 9 x 16 x 187mm (3/8 x 5/8 x 7 3/8in.) Overall (Knife (i): 7 x 17 x 20mm (1/4 x 11/16 x 13/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1960.33
Stainless steel and plastic table knife in the ‘Pride’ pattern, designed by David Mellor for Walker & Hall and first produced in 1957. The cutlery set was originally made from silver plate with bone handles; they are now made from hard nylon to make them suitable for dishwashing. In his early student days in Sheffield David Mellor had been preoccupied with the making and shaping of the knife, fork and spoon. He chose as the subject for his Royal College of Art thesis 'The Development of the Cutlery Industry'. Mellor was very interested in the designs of the past and combined the traditional and the modern to reinterpret cutlery styles for a new generation. The 'Pride' design, his now famous modern classic cutlery, has a discernible connection with the best of English Georgian cutlery in the elegant restraint of its proportions and its gently tapered knife handles. The set is still made today by David Mellor Designs at their factory in Hathersage.
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