Date Made/Found: 1960-1979
Material and Medium: stainless steel
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 2012.177
These salad servers were made by George Wostenholm & Sons, which is now part of The Egginton Group in Sheffield. Egginton's produces a wide range of high quality cutlery using traditional and innovative methods. Many of their products supply niche markets, such as the emergency services and catering professions.
The salad servers are made of stainless steel. In 1913 the Sheffield chemist, Harry Brearley, discovered that steel with a high chromium content did not rust or deteriorate in the same way as carbon steels. He worked with the firm Thomas Firth & Sons to develop it into a commercially viable product. The creation of this new material, known as stainless steel, assisted the process of mechanisation in the cutlery industry. It could not be handled using traditional techniques and blades had to be stamped out from sheets of stainless steel. From 1940, table cutlery and other items were increasingly made from stainless steel.Display Location: