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G. W. Scott and Sons

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1929. British Industries Fair catalogue.

of 144 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2. T.A.: "Pic-nic, Ox, London". Telephone: Regent 154. (1922)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Regent 0153. (1929)

of 4-10 Tower Street, Cambridge Circus, London, WC2. Telephone: Temple Bar 0153-4. Cables: "Picnic, Westcent, London". (1947)

Founded 1661 - Closed 1967

  • Their daybooks and accounts are extant from 1704, and are preserved in County Hall Record Office, Westminster, London.
  • Every sort of basket was made, from simple sieves to silver baskets for Buckingham Palace. Scott's also did much trade with the London silversmiths covering the handles of silver coffee and and teaspoons. This is called wickering.
  • After the Crimean War (1854-6), Scott's made cane frames for the bearskins of the Brigade of Guards.
  • 1851 They invented the picnic basket and showed it at the Great Exhibition.
  • 1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Coracle" Fitted Luncheon and Tea Baskets. Motor Luncheon Cases. Leather Tea Cases. All grades. (Stand No. K.45)
  • Also: Manufacturers of Wicker Furniture; "Scotia" Art Cane Furniture (Upholstered and otherwise); Tables with Glass tops; Industrial and Domestic Basketware. (Stand No. C.11) [1]
  • 1929 British Industries Fair Advert for 'Coracle' Picnic Sets for the Motor. Manufacturers of Tea and Luncheon Cases for the Motor. Fitted Luncheon Baskets for the River and Moor. Tea Baskets, leather Picnic Cases, with white linings. High-class goods. Motor Trunks. (Leather Goods Section - Stand No. P.18) [2]
  • 1947 British Industries Fair Advert for 'Coracle' Picnic Baskets and Cases. Manufacturers of Fitted Picnic Baskets and Cases of High Quality. Modern Cane Furniture (with or without patent Springing). Domestic Basketware, hampers and General Basketry. ladies Workbaskets, Nursery Baskets, Decorative Plastic Woven Boxes. (Leather Goods Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No.467c) [3]
  • Until the closed they made stage properties for many London theatres and Covent Garden Opera House, and also had a considerable hand in the decorations of the Battersea Pleasure Gardens for the Festival of Britain in 1951. interpreting the designs of John Piper, Osbert Lancaster and Ursula Earle.
  • Cane furniture was one of their specialities.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Google Books - the Complete Book of Basketry by Dorothy Wright - Dover Publications 2001 - ISBN 0486418057