English Copper Oval Casserole and Cover


English, copper small, oval copper casserole and cover. Marked, to both the cover and the side of the pan, ‘BENHAM & SONS LTD WIGMORE ST. LONDON’ within a strap. Circa 1880.

Size: 9.0” long,  7.5 “ Wide,  4.0” deep.

The pan has substantial, ornate brass handles to either side and also to the cover This piece is made from an exceptionally heavy gauge of copper. It has castellated seams around the base and up the side, and the interior has been re-tinned , so that it can be used

Benham & Froud, circa 1855-1924, Chandos St, London, described themselves as general metal workers, art metal, and lamp manufacturers.  The famous ‘orb’ was adopted because the  firm made the present cross on the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1821 and it could be seen from the shop in London (that’s one story). In 1821 they made the replacement orb and cross for St. Paul’s Cathedral – it is 23 feet high and weighs seven tons. The orb and cross trademark was used from 1855 to 1924 on pots and cookware of all sorts including kettles, spoons, roasters, and poachers.  The company apparently closed their London shop in 1907 and may have moved to Birmingham.  Benham & Sons, Ltd., Strafford House, Strafford Place Birmingham 12, were marketing cookware until the late 20th century.