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Elm Bowl

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T3295
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1954 - 1954

Maker Information

Maker:George W Lailey - View biography for George W Lailey


This elm wood bowl was made by George Lailey of Bucklebury Common, Berkshire in 1954. George Lailey was one of the last pole lathe workers to earn a living from making domestic utensils in England. This bowl was one of his last pieces which he made in 1954 when he was 85 years old. Although woods such as sycamore and beech were popular amongst wood turners, George Lailey preferred to use elm, which was in plentiful supply at that time. The outbreak of Dutch elm disease in the 1970s was a catastrophe for the English Elm. Only a handful of large elm trees have survived and it is now commonly found only as a small tree in hedgerows.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Pole lathe turned.
Material(s):Elm wood
Place of Origin:Bucklebury Common, Berkshire, England


Height:6.5 cm
Diameter:20.5 cm