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Beaker

1933-1934 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This decorative beaker has several features that are typical of the designs of Edward Spencer (1872-1938). The silversmith who executed the design used punches of various shapes and a chasing hammer to model the surface without removing any metal and create the delicate chased decoration. A special broad-headed planishing hammer would have been used to create the smooth surface finish.

Spencer and the designer Nelson Dawson founded the Artificers' Guild, which made this beaker, in London in 1901. Dawson’s association was brief and he left in 1903. The business closed in 1938.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silver, engraved, chased and stamped
Brief description
Silver, London hallmarks for 1933-4, made by the Artificers' Guild, designed by Edward Spencer.
Physical description
Circular moulded foot with band of dot and cross ornament cast from a repeating stamp, and engraved with a wavy scroll with fruit, spreading side becoming dodecagonal. Silver with chased decoration on outside
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 7.3cm
  • Height: 9.3cm
Marks and inscriptions
  • Base: maker AS GD LD for Artificer's Guild, Ltd., sterling, leopard, date letter gothic s (1933-34), scratched “767”
  • London hallmarks for 1983-4
Object history
Acquisition RF: Artificers Guild Ltd.
Purchase - £2. 10. 7; From the Artificer's Guild, 39 Grosvenor Street, W1
Summary
This decorative beaker has several features that are typical of the designs of Edward Spencer (1872-1938). The silversmith who executed the design used punches of various shapes and a chasing hammer to model the surface without removing any metal and create the delicate chased decoration. A special broad-headed planishing hammer would have been used to create the smooth surface finish.

Spencer and the designer Nelson Dawson founded the Artificers' Guild, which made this beaker, in London in 1901. Dawson’s association was brief and he left in 1903. The business closed in 1938.
Collection
Accession number
M.83-1935

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Record createdMarch 3, 2004
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