Traditionally made of cast iron and originating in the reign of Queen Victoria, the post boxes carry the insignia of the monarch reigning at the time of installation. 365 design variations have been produced since the first was installed in 1852 in the Channel Islands at the recommendation of the famous English novelist Anthony Trollope, who was working as a Surveyor's Clerk for the Post Office.
In 1853 the first pillar box on the British mainland was erected at Botchergate, Carlisle, in North West England. It wasn't until 1859 that the UK saw the introduction of the first National Standard Box.
The red telephone box has also become a British icon. Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott for a competition in 1924 to find a suitable standard pattern of kiosk that might be introduced throughout Britain. Suffice to say the winner was this pattern of telephone box, the K2 design. The most common type of telephone box is the K6 or Jubilee kiosk introduced in 1936 and became Britain's standard kiosk for over 30 years, during which time over 60,000 were erected.
A beautiful pair of bookends
Telephone Box and Post Box Bookends
Many of these beautiful miniatures are made through commissions, others are made due to the whim of the sculptor. Plans and photographs are the starting point with an aim to make the models look and feel as if they have always been here. All models are hand-made in England from stone quarried in Leicestershire. A master is first made, followed by the production of a slave mould. Each model is then cast one at a time, transferred to the workbench where it is sanded, fettled, sealed and filled. Where appropriate, brass, white metal, wash-work and glass are added one stage at a time. Finally, felts are hand cut and applied, and the work of art labelled. No laser cuts or computers allowed to compromise the feel of the original.
Dimensions: 4.5"w x 7"h x 4.5"d