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Butter knife
  • Butter knife
    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942
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Butter knife

  • Place of origin:

    Essex House (Mile End) (made)
    London (hallmarked)

  • Date:

    1900-1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942 (designer)
    Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver set with a stone (now missing)

  • Credit Line:

    Duchess of Leeds Gift

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.358-1959

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles Robert Ashbee established the Guild of Handicraft in 1888. Influenced by Ruskin and Morris, he intended the Guild to be a co-operative venture which would encourage the full creative potential of the craftsman. At the turn of the century, the Guild was at the height of its success and had evolved a distinctive and mature style. Softly planished surfaces decorated with chasing, embossing and sometimes, piercing were characteristic of Ashbee's designs and had a significant effect on contemporary silver in Europe and America as well as Britain. Financially however, the Guild was less successful and in 1908, Ashbee was forced to wind up its affairs.

Physical description

Silver with a twisted wire handle and a settong for a stone (now missing).

Place of Origin

Essex House (Mile End) (made)
London (hallmarked)

Date

1900-1901 (made)

Artist/maker

Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942 (designer)
Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver set with a stone (now missing)

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1900-01

Mark of the Guild of Handicraft Ltd.

Dimensions

Length: 6.25 in

Descriptive line

Silver, originally set with a stone, London hallmarks for 1900-01, mark of the Guild of handicraft, designed by C.R. Ashbee.

Materials

Silver; Chrysoprase

Techniques

Forging; Stone setting

Categories

Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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