Drakes Of London, Art Deco Style Wood & Silver Carving Trolley.
A Fine English 1940’s Art Deco Style Wood and Silver Plated Beef/Turkey/Lamb Carving Trolley, by Drakes Silversmiths of Brewer Street, London W1.
The elegant silver-plated domed-top cart, surmounted atop a hardwood frame, complete with a hot-water reservoir and twin-alcohol burners below a cutting tray with a pair of sauce/gravy bowls. The wood apron surmounted with a push/pull handle and a plate-holder, two bottom shelves, one with a condiment tray, raised on four cabriolet legs on rolling rubber coasters. The manufacturer’s metal plaque reads “Drakes, Brewer St. W1 London – Model D6 – No. 1684″ Circa: London, 1940’s
Height: 48″ – Depth 23″ Max Width: 42.5″ (Plate Holder Attached) (Width With Plate Holder Removed:34.75”)
A little History about Drakes Silversmiths
Drakes Silversmiths of 49 Brewer Street, London W1, was a firm of hotel and restaurant silver-plate furnishers, supplying meat wagons etc. to domestic and foreign markets: Founded just before the mid-20th century by Harry Drake they soon started designing and building ‘Drakes Carving Trolleys.’
Silver-plate and wood and all silver-plate versions were designed and built. Harry’s son, Donald, joined the firm in the 1950′s.
In 1964 John Fuller described Drakes in his book, ‘The Restaurateur’s Guide to Gueridon and Lamp Cookery’ (a complete guide to side-table and flambé service) as, “A family firm who specialise in restaurant equipment and plating”
The business was subsequently renamed ‘Drakes Hotelware Ltd and moved its headquarters outside central London, but appears to have been dissolved by the early 1980′s.