TENDER WHITE BRONZE ELEPHANT KEYRING
Wonderfully solid addition to William's pocket hardware collection, Tender’s elephant is lost wax-cast in England from solid white bronze, an amalgam of copper, zinc & tin; and fitted onto a brass-plated steel keyring.
The elephant illustration woven into Tender’s clothes labels is taken from a 19th Century American advertisement encouraging prospectors to hurry to America where they would find unparalleled wealth. This gold rush coincided with, and arguably caused, the development of jeans. The elephant wears a smart set of boots and wears a blanket- this casting is modelled on the original advertisement. The Plautus face logo is impressed into the belt under the elephants tummy, and the boots are complete with hobnails and tassels.
Tender’s jeweller created the master with hand tools, from copper rod. This master is then used to make a mould, into which wax is poured. The wax is packed in plaster, and molten bronze is run in, melting away the wax and hardening inside the plaster. The plaster is then broken away and the piece is filed and cleaned up.
Made in England
Tender has its roots in antique workwear and machinery, especially from the Great British Steam Age. On a steam train, the tender was the truck which carried the coal and water to power the locomotive, and was coupled in between the engine and the carriages. They were built incredibly solidly, mostly from riveted cast iron, and had to hold enough fuel to take a train weighing many tons all over Britain.
Polymath William Kroll is from the UK where he hones his various crafts and designs his British-made clothes and accessories. They are manufactured in small factories, ateliers, and homes around the country, exploring new approaches to traditional weaving, making, tanning, and dyeing.
His pieces are truly unique, possessing a rough, everlasting charm that only increases with age and use.
Domestic Shipping Within Australia
Shipping costs are based on the size and/or weight of the item purchased. All orders over $300 AUD are shipped express for free Australia-wide.
All orders shipped within Australia are sent using Startrack Express or Australia Post Express. A signature will be required for delivery, which is usually the next business day after shipping.
All orders received before 2pm will be shipped the same day wherever possible. However, we cannot guarantee next day delivery due to courier collection and occasional delays. If your order will be significantly delayed we will always do our best to keep you informed of progress.
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International Shipping - Rest of World
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All orders received before 2pm will be shipped the same day wherever possible. However, delays can sometimes happen due to courier collection. If significant delay is expected prior to shipping your order, we will do our best to keep you informed.