• Image of 'Brassed Off'
  • Image of 'Brassed Off'

British slang is an informal, expressive and metaphorical language, sometimes peculiar to different social classes or geographical groups, its use in Britain dates back to before the 16th century. To be 'Brassed Off' is another way of saying that you are fed up or disgruntled with something or someone.

Brasso is a metal polish designed to remove tarnish from brass, copper, chrome and stainless steel. Manufactured by the British health, hygiene and home products company Reckitt & Sons' in 1905, the concept of the Brasso product was born when their senior traveller visited the company's Australian branch, where he discovered such a product in use.

Though metals are known for their strength, they are not invulnerable. Metal tarnishes, corrodes and rusts, but not all corrosion is bad, a patina is highly prized. The title of this piece recalls a couple, who brought along a bronze to show the experts on The Antiques Roadshow. Because they were houseproud, they had cleaned the piece with metal polish, thus removing the patina. Uncleaned, it would have been worth a lot of money. As it was, they had reduced its value to virtually nothing.

* The title and the story of this piece is rolled, in a scroll, and is accessible from within the sculpture.

Dimensions: H 87cm x W 28cm x D 24cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage Brasso Tin,
Vintage Copper Posser,
Vintage Cheese Grater,
Vintage Patty Pan Tin
Vintage Tin Cup,
6 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Pygmy Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Copper Pipe, Brass Stop Ends & Copper Olive,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

Please be advised:

Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.

As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.

Overseas Enquiries:

For an overseas shipping quote please contact me by email

Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.

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