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Antique Silver George V Tea Caddy Box made in 1920


A fine and rare plain antique silver tea caddy box with a pull-off lid in the Arts and Crafts style.

Date 1920
Made By Liberty & Co
Location Birmingham
Stock Number W24x42

Out of stock

Maker: Liberty & Co

A fine and rare plain antique silver tea caddy box with a pull-off lid in the Arts and Crafts style.

Alongside the hallmarks on the caddy, the Liberty registration mark “5692” is struck.

The box was probably made as a tea caddy, but would be perfect for a dressing table or many other purposes.

The caddy is in excellent condition.

Dimensions: height 9.7 cm, diameter 8.7 cm; weight 6.25 troy oz.

Liberty & Co

The founder of Liberty & Co Ltd. was a man called Arthur Lasenby Liberty. With a GBP £2,000.00 loan from his future father-in-law, Liberty bought the lease for half a shop – 218a Regent Street, in London’s emergent West End.

The shop opened in 1875 and steadily grew into a showcase for worldly, cultured goods. The company became synonymous with avant-garde and exotic design – with an emphasis on the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts movements.

During the 1890s, Liberty built strong relationships with many British designers. A few of these designers specialised in silver, including the Birmingham silversmith, William Hassler, and the renowned silversmith, Archibald Knox. They practiced the artistic styles known as Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts. In time, the company became associated with these new styles, to the extent that in Italy, the Art Nouveau Style became known as the “Stile Liberty”.

The Arts and Crafts movement (inspired by the art critic John Ruskin and popularised by the designer and socialist William Morris) aimed to re-introduce excellent quality hand craftsmanship to the decorative arts of the time, instead of just making mass-produced items by machine. However, this sort of silverware proved to be quite expensive to make, therefore Liberty decided to introduce a range of more affordable silver that utilised little machine production in its manufacture, and thus Cymric was born in 1899.

The designs were an Art Nouveau interpretation of the Celtic style, and often featured enamelled ornamentation. It was a huge success, as it tapped into the middle-class demand for metalwork and silver in the Arts and Crafts style, which had become very fashionable.

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For the rest of World £50.00
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About William Walter Antiques

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