Like in every country there is
supposed to be a north/south divide but as this gorgeous old
infill smoother proves, there is often harmony too.
This old guy came this morning, a
cheap eBay lot, not shown in his best light I feel. It's old and
a really unexpected surprise was that the blurred "duckling" of
a raggedy edged wedge turned out to be a beautiful "swan", a
cupid's bow decoration, the beauty of which I have not seen for
many a moon.
beauty of an early Henry Slater of Clerkenwell, London.
Made by Henry Slater of
Clerkenwell, London, and sporting a wonderful Ward of Sheffield
iron (my favorite edge maker), this baby hails from the mid to
late 19th century.
Seen next to my other Slater, a
"Norris", you can clearly see how their castings were developed
and refined over the decades and how the wedge evolved into the
gunmetal lever cap.
The Slaters - granddad and grandson.
I simply love those little adjustment dents and corrosion
pitting on the WARD forged iron. Some damage just looks "right",
like... who ever saw upright Tudor architecture?
The cupid's bow... what elegance the Victorians had, what
form and beauty... Just in a few French curves...