Item about testing the strength of Wedgwood crockery by putting it under the wheels of a lorry.
Mayfair and the Tower of London.
L/S of two men in a room full of crockery on tables and in glass cabinets on the wall, these are the Wedgwood showrooms. One of the men is Sir John Wedgwood who is Deputy Chairman and Joint Managing Director of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd. The other man is Mr Carl Hayden, the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in London. M/S of the two men examining a Wedgwood plate, C/U of a white plate with a flower and leaf pattern in the middle, M/S of a table set for dinner, there are Wedgwood dinner plates, side plates, dishes and cups and saucers.
L/S of the two men walking over to another table set with Wedgwood china with a leafy pattern, John picks up a cup and saucer. M/S of the cup and saucer, he turns it over to show Carl. L/S of the two men, John keeps hold of the cup and puts the saucer down, he reaches over to pick up another cup. M/S of his hands picking up three other cups and M/S of the empty saucers on the edge of the table as the men walk away.
L/S of the Tower of London. The camera moves down to show a blue lorry in front of the gates, the two front wheels are jacked up off the ground. The lorry is a Bedford 5 tonner (1946), its estimated weight is 3 tons 9 cwt. John and Carl come into the shot, Mr Frank Roberts who is a works driver, walks over and takes the cups from John, he puts one under each wheel of the lorry. M/S of John talking to Carl. M/S of Frank putting the cup under the left front wheel and walking round to take the jack away. C/U of the wheel slowly pressing down on the leafy Wedgwood cup, it does not break. M/S of Frank looking down at the cup. C/U of the cup under the wheel.
M/S of Frank pulling the jack away from the truck, M/S of the truck with the cups under the two front wheels.