Raised copper, with cast brass fittings, electroplated inside
London, England, about 1895
Marked 'BENSON' for designer W.A.S. Benson (1854-1924), made in his workshop
This chafing dish, supported on a stand over a burner, kept food warm. W.A.S. Benson's strikingly original and simple designs exploited the combination of copper and brass. Copper is easily worked and retains its strength. It also conducts heat. Brass handles allow this dish to be carried without risk of burnt fingers.
Benson was also an amateur engineer. He combined an Arts and Crafts passion for the handmade with the use of modern machinery. William Morris called him 'Mr Brass Benson' for his prolific use of the metal.