For sale is this fork and spoon fully hallmarked for Connells, London, 1904. Connells were one of the earliest innovators in arts and crafts silver, being the only other exhibitor of such silver alongside Charles Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft in the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society of 1893. However, most of the arts and crafts silver marked for Connells was simply retailed by them and typically was made by William Hutton and Sons or A E Jones.
This spoon and fork are genuine authentic arts and crafts pieces, quite possibly made by Chrisitne Connell and, as best I can recall, are the only “true” Connells flatware I have seen. The flower terminals appear to be cast and, at least in the case of the fork, the head or prongs taken from a more traditional fork. The hallmarks for Connell are on this part and so the pieces are completely “right”, if made somewhat unusually!
Both pieces are in excellent original condition.
Maker: Connells of Cheapside / possibly Christine Connell
Designer: Possibly Christine Connell
Marks: GLC, London, “i”
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 17.25 cm long (both)
Weight: 2.7 oz, 76 grams total
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A Connells of Cheapside silver fork and spoon
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.