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Button hook

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)
    Birmingham (made)
    Birmingham (hallmarked)
    London (retailed)

  • Date:

    1904-1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    The Silver Studio (designer)
    W. H. Haseler (maker)
    Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver and set with turquoise and polished steel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Nancy Winter in memory of her father, Frances Grandy manager of Liberty's Jewellery and Silver Department, 1888-1932.

  • Museum number:

    M.316-1977

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 16, shelf 1

Cymric was the name given to a range of original silver and jewellery that A. L. Liberty sponsored in 1898, and which was first exhibited at his shop in the spring of the following year. Although the mark registered at the Goldsmiths’ Company was entered in his name, the majority of the silver and jewellery was made by W. H. Haseler of Birmingham, who became a joint partner in the project, after designs supplied by Oliver Baker and the Silver Studio. Archibald Knox, a Manxman who had worked for Christopher Dresser, was one of the most gifted designers employed by the Silver Studio; he supplied the majority of Liberty metalwork designs between 1899 and 1912.

Physical description

Button hook, silver and polished steel, set with turquioses, part of a dressing table set. The silver handle in the shape of a truncated elipse is mounted with a turquoise on either side and stamped with a knot design in strapwork. The tapering arm of the hook is in polished steel.

Place of Origin

London (designed)
Birmingham (made)
Birmingham (hallmarked)
London (retailed)

Date

1904-1905 (made)

Artist/maker

The Silver Studio (designer)
W. H. Haseler (maker)
Liberty & Co. Ltd. (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver and set with turquoise and polished steel

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmarks for 1904-5

Mark of Liberty & Co. Ltd.

CYMRIC

STEEL
Stamped on the hook.

Dimensions

Length: 21.2 cm, Width: 2.0 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 77 / 1061
Gift - Mrs Nancy Winter
15 Davenant Road, Oxford
From set M.315 to 318-1977

Given by Mrs Nancy Winter and her brother in memory of their father, Francis Gandy who was the manager of Liberty's Silver and Jewellery Department, 1888-1932.

Descriptive line

Silver set with turquoises, polished steel, Birmingham hallmarks for 1904-5, mark of Liberty and Co. Ltd.

Labels and date

The credit line on the label to read: Formerly belonging to Nellie Grandy (né Zeppenfeld, 1874-1948). Given in memory of Frances Grandy manager of Liberty's Jewellery and Silver Department, 1888-1932. [25/05/1977]

Materials

Silver; Turquoise; Steel

Techniques

Stamping; Stone setting; Polishing

Subjects depicted

Strapwork

Categories

Metalwork; Personal accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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