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Alexander Ritchie Silver 'Nunnery' Fork
Birmingham 1932
Also stamped A.R. Iona and ICA (Iona Celtic Art)
14.5 cm
Alexander Ritchie Silver Spoon
Birmingham 1921
W H Darby & Sons
Marked A R D & S
14.5 cm

Arts and Crafts Silver 5 Piece Cruet Set
Sheffield 1905 H Wigfull Height: 9½cm (pepper)


Arts and Crafts Silver Bowl
London 1902
Johnson Walker and Tolhurst Ltd
Diameter: 10cm  Height: 5.5cm
In the style of Latino Movio, who had worked with Gilbert Marks and produced work for Johnson Walker and Tolhurst Ltd. of New Bond Street.
Arts and Crafts Silver Bowl
Birmingham 1905
Miller Brothers
Diameter: 170mm
Height: 45mm


Arts and Crafts Silver Spoon
London 1931
John Paul Cooper
Length: 14cm


Birmingham 1911
Length: 21cm
Height: 10cm
Weight: 399g
ENID KELSEY Silver Caddy Spoon
London 1936
Enid Kelsey
Length: 7cm


ENID KELSEY Silver Caddy Spoon
London 1935

7 cm


Enid Kelsey entered her mark at the London Assay Office in 1929 and worked from 17 Northway, Temple Fortune, London, NW11. She wrote a play 'The Stars' with her husband Cyril which was revived for the Garden Suburb Theatre, NW 11 1999/2000 season. (Cyril Kelsey, known as 'the Professor', had started his apprenticeship as a silversmith with Charles Ashbee in 1899, and been involved in many of the Guild's plays before joining the army and going to South Africa. On his return he worked as a clerk in a London shipping office and in 1906 Janet Ashbee wrote he was "...the proud possessor of a bowler hat, and a dress suit, and a young lady.") 

Hammered Silver Tazza
London 1909

Ollivant and Bottisford

20cm diameter

16cm high

Helen Holmes
Maker's mark HH
Cabochon Lapis mounted to finial19cm


This spoon was illustrated in the Bonhams catalogue for the touring exhibition organised by John Kelly in November 2007Helen Holmes was a true artisan, who not only made jewellery but also painted, worked in leather and produced metal ware. Yet she modestly described herself as a "Metal Worker" and never ventured out of her hometown of Bath. Born in 1876, she was a feisty and witty character, a far cry from the quiet, retiring ideal for a woman at the time. She grew up in a time when women were battling for emancipation and was committed to pursuing her chosen career. In 1896, she eventually won the consent of parents to attend the Bath School of Art, at a time when women had only recently been allowed to attend art schools. She was almost 30 years old by the time she married as she refused to be rushed, exhibiting widely and working for various artistic bodies rather than raising children. Indeed, marriage and children did not impede her prolific production and she carried on working until well into her eighties, living to the grand old age of 96. She became a close friend of John Betjeman after she was widowed and he regularly commissioned pieces from her as gifts.
James Birchall Silver Dish
James T Birchall
Chester 1936
Monogrammed to base JTB
Diameter 16.5 cm

Diameter: 15.7cm 
Monogrammed to base JTB

Joseph Beeston Himsworth
Joyce Rosemary Himsworth
Sheffield 1930


Rare early mark: JBH over JRHJoyce Rosemary Himsworth was born in Sheffield in 1905 and from very early on worked with her father Joseph Beeston Himsworth at B Worth a & Sons making spoons and small items of jewellery. She went on to study at the Sheffield School of Art and did design work for the Company. In 1925 she registered a joint mark with her father and established her own workshop in Sheffield. In the 1930's she studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts under H G Murphy in London and registered her own mark there and in Sheffield. She was not a prolific maker, working mainly to commission. A pair of vases and two chalices can be seen in Westminster Cathedral and a silver and gold Peace Cup made for the 'Britain Can Make It' exhibition. She took part in many exhibitions of the Goldsmiths' Company at home and abroad and taught at Rotherham and Chesterfield art colleges, She retired in the 1960's and an exhibition of her work was held at the Sheffield City Museum in 1978. She died in 1990.
Rare Pair of Arts and Crafts Silver Salts
Birmingham 1911
Robert Catterson-Smith
Height: 6.5cm
Comes with the exhibition catalogue



Robert Catterson-Smith (born 1853 in Dublin - died 1938) His father, Stephen Catterson-Smith was a noted portrait painter and president of the Royal Hibernian Academy. Robert had been assistant to William Morris preparing illustrations for the Kelmscott Press, particularly the Edward Burne-Jones series for Chaucer. He produced monochrome illustrations and oil paintings as well being a silversmith. As a member of the Art Worker's Guild (founded 1884) he was commissioned by Phillip Webb (a founder of Morris & Co.) to make a large silver covered cross (now in the V & A Museum).His silver work was shown alongside the Guild of Handicraft and Arthur Dixon at the 4th Arts and Crafts Exhibition in 1893. He taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts when it opened in London in 1896 under joint heads, sculptor George Frampton and artist-architect W R Lethaby. He moved to Birmingham in 1901 where he taught at the School of Jewellery and Silversmithing before following Edward Taylor as Headmaster of the Birmingham School of Art in 1903 with testimonials from Burne-Jones, Philip Webb, William de Morgan and Walter Crane. He was a popular teacher there until his retirement in 1920. This Arts and Crafts influence on the students, so evident in the subject matter and style of the compositional studies and designs for metalwork, stained and textiles, was strengthened by the lectures given to students by William Holman Hunt (in 1893), William Morris (in 1894) and W. R. Lethaby (in 1901). In 1911 he designed the Kendrick Casket now in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. (William Kendrick presented Catterson-Smith with a Birmingham Guild of Handicraft silver box in November 1914 in thanks) He founded The Craftsmen's Club in Birmingham (1902-38) where he believed "the business of craftsmanship is to express emotion" if it ceases to do so will become lifeless, devoid of human feeling, sentiment and romance.('A Forgotten Pre-Raphaelite' Campbell-Wilson 1998)
Robert Prout Silver Vase
Hand Rasied Silver Vase

Robert Richard Prout of HullLondon 194413.4 cm

Silver and Shagreen Box
John Paul Cooper
circa 1910
Diameter: 7cm

Silver and Wood Candlestick
London 1917
Frederick James Ross (Winchester)
Height: 9½cm


Silver Arts and Crafts "Duck" Bowl
London 1911
E Ventress

Diameter: 11cm

Silver Bowl
London 1908
Philip Alexander
Diameter: 24cm


Silver Butterfly Dish
Birmingham 1918
Marples & Beasley
Width: 17.5cm

Silver Dish
London 1930
Barbara Bannister
Width: 12cm

Silver Match Box Case
London 1938
H G Murphy
Length: 6cm

Silver Napkin Ring
Sheffield 1938
Helen Ibbotson



Miss Helen Marjorie Ibbotson (1877-1962) was a craftsman and teacher at the Sheffield College of Art and a member of the Sheffield Arts Crafts Guild.
Silver Napkin Ring
Sheffield 1925B
Worth and Sons
Designed by Joyce Rosemary Himsworth (1905-90)
Height: 3¼cm
Diameter: 4cm


Silver Wafer Box
Unmarked Silver
Makers stamp William Mark
circa 1909-1920
Diameter: 7.5cm
Height: 5cm


William Mark, known as Bill, was born in Scarsdale, Victoria, Australia on 12th June 1868. He trained in Melbourne under J R Rowland, (87 & 91 Little Collins Street East, Melbourne - Enamelled Gold and Silverware; the enamelling champlevé), before travelling to England in the late 1890's. Here he worked for a time in the London workshop of Nelson Dawson (1859-1941) who founded the Artificer's Guild in 1901. By the end of 1900 Mark joined C R Ashbee's Guild of Handicraft as a jeweller and then moved to Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire with them and stayed until they disbanded in 1908. 
Sybil Dunlop Silver Butter Knife
Silver Butter KnifeSybil DunlopLondon 192716cm

Chester 1958
Diameter: 9.3 cm


William Creswick entered his mark in 1945 and worked from Studio Deems, Branscombe, Beer, Devon