See “The work and legacy of the Sheffield Artcrafts Guild”, Silver Society Journal 2008, by Rachel Conroy.
Price range: Sold
For sale is this beautifully made silver and glass art deco style mustard with its original spoon. The mustard and spoon both fully assayed for Helena Mary Ibbotson, Sheffield, 1935. Condition is excellent and I believe the glass insert to be original.
Helena Mary Ibbotson (1877-1962) trained at the Sheffield College of Art and played an active roll in the Sheffield Art schools throughout her life. In 1924 she became a Fellow of the Sheffield Artcrafts Guild. In 1928 she was regarded by one of her contemporaries, Joyce Himsworth, as “undoubtedly the best enameller in Sheffield”. Examples of her work are housed in the Museum of Sheffield and Goldsmiths Hall. See this link for an exceptional gold and plique a jour cup she produced. For more information please see The work and legacy of the Sheffield Artcrafts Guild’, Rachel Conroy, publ. Silver Studies 2008, pg. 47. See this link.
Note that there has been confusion between the mark of Helena Mary Ibbotson (HMI) and Marjorie Ibbotson (MI in an oval) Marjorie Ibbotson was 30 years Helena’s, junior and, as best I can tell unrelated (improbably true!), and also produced art deco style silver with enamel in Sheffield in the 1930’s. Both were active members of the Sheffield Artscrafts Guild. Helena Mary registered her mark in 1925, Marjorie in 1935.
Maker: Helena Mary Ibbotson
Designer: Helena Mary Ibbotson
Date : 1935
Marks: HMI, Sheffield, date letter “S”
Material: Sterling silver
Condition: Excellent, scratches to back of spoon
Size: 8.25 cm high, 6.5 cm across base, spoon 8.0 cm
Weight : 99 grams, 3.5 oz exc glass