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Birmingham, United Kingdom
DoneMon, Sep 21, 2015 9:00 AM GMT

Silver & Plated Ware

Our highlights begin with our exceptional front cover piece (Lot 402) - a Liberty & Co silver Cymric mantel clock, embossed with a foliate motif and stylised numerals, hallmarked Liberty & Co Ltd, Birmingham 1902. ?Cymric? silver was a brand name of gold and silverware by Liberty & Co, equivalent to the pewter design Tudric; aptly named to reflect its Celtic-inspired designs. Archibald Knox created most of the designs for the range, alongside designers Rex Silver and Arthur Gaskin. Alongside the clock, we have some beautiful Edwardian silver napkin rings by William Hair Haseler for Liberty & Co also on offer in the auction - Lot 344. During the mid-eighteenth century the Birmingham metal trade flourished, in particular producing large volumes of small personal items known as ?toys? - of the Birmingham toy makers, Nathaniel Mills is one of the most well-known. He excelled in making silver boxes, vinaigrettes; snuff boxes and card cases ? examples of which can all be found in our September sale (Lot 641? 653). Nathaniel Mills ?castle top? vinaigrettes are perhaps the most highly regarded, as many boxes feature castles the generic name ?castle top? was quickly adopted; although some include famous buildings or landmarks, such as The Houses of Parliament. The September auction features some other well-known makers including a modern silver salver with Chippendale style border by Albert Edward Jones (Lot 328), an early twentieth century sixteen piece silver-gilt dressing table set by Asprey & Co Ltd (Lot 366), and a late nineteenth century silver mounted walking stick handle by Oomersi Mawji, wonderfully decorated with close floral scroll repousse (Lot 668). Avid spoon collectors will be interested to find we have a Charles I silver-gilt Apostle spoon (Lot 617), the fig shaped bowl with slightly tapering stem and Apostle terminal, hallmarked Benjamin Yates, London 1633.