Gateway Object: Christ Figure Ornament

Christ figure ornament
Christ figure ornament back


This ornament is die cast. Although designed by Newman Brothers, die-cast goods would have been manufactured off site, as there were no on-site die casting facilities.

Sand casting had been used to manufacture Newman Brothers products between 1894 and the mid 1960s. However, by the mid 1960s this had become a less efficient and more time consuming method of manufacture. As a result Newman Brothers commissioned outside die-casting companies to produce a range of their products for them.

This is an ‘unplated’ ornament. It would have been sent to the on-site Plating Shop  to be finished with an electro-brass or nickel-plated layer.


The Christ Figure Ornament featured on Newman Brothers’ Catholic coffin furniture, on back plates and breastplate in a full set. Newman Brothers also sold injection moulded versions of this aimed at the ‘lower’ end of the market (see below). These would have then been vacuum coated in the manufactory’s Vacuum Coating Shop.


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