Pair of bellowsOn display
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Bellows appear on household inventories from the early sixteenth century. Silver-mounted hearth furniture can be traced back to the reign of Henry VIII, but the cost of such indulgence limited such items to the very rich. Williamson, the original owner of the Museum's bellows, was a Secretary of State between 1674 and 1678. However, he was apparently a disliked and unscrupulous gentleman.
Pair of bellows
Date1671 - 1685
Material and technique
Dimensions76 x 25.4 cm overall (length x width)
No. of items
Bequeathed by W.F. Farrer through the Art Fund, 1946.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
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Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 407