Connells of Cheapside were one of the earliest innovators in arts and crafts silver. Alongside Charles Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft they were one of only two exhibitors of silver holloware at the 1893 Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. By 1900 they were retailing goods by Kate Harris and slightly later, A E Jones. For more information see an article on Connells “Pioneers of Modern Artistic Silverware” by Dr Stephen Pudney in the Silver Society Journal page 223, Vol 11, 1999.
Mary Christine Connell was born in 1878, daughter of William George Connell who built up the family jewellery business on Cheapside. She was sister to George Laurence Connell who jointly ran the family business with her after their father’s death in 1902. Christine Connell was a well regarded art and metalwork teacher and arts and crafts silversmith and jeweller in her own right. She is sometimes confused as the wife of Laurence Connell who married a much younger Christine Green (born 1892) in 1917.