See “Designer British Silver” by John Andrew and Derek Styles for more information on Michael Bolton.
Michael Allen Bolton was an informally trained professional silversmith who was inspired by ancient and medieval silver and the arts and crafts movement. It is said he used a sledge hammer and anvil to achieve his distinctive hand hammered patina. He spoke of his silver work as an extension of himself and without doubt he put his heart and soul into each piece.
As I have written previously, I have adopted Bolton as a legitimate, if later, member of the arts and crafts movement and just love his work. This spoon speaks volume for his skill and style.
This good sized spoon has a silver bowl enhanced with a gold central circle design, on a twisted wire handle. The finial is set with a large garnet. Typical of Bolton’s work, it is an exceptional gauge of silver. This spoon is very similar to one I have had previously in the Collection stock number A660.
Maker: Michael Bolton
Designer: Michael Bolton
Marks: MAB, London, t
Material: Sterling silver, gold (prob 18 carat) garnet
Size: 16.5 cm long
Weight: 101 grams, 3.6 0z