Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
Price range: £350
These lovely knife (chop stick!) rests are a known Liberty design from c. 1902. They are of particular interest as they are marked for Mappin and Webb 1905 – proving a long held suspicion that Mappin & Webb sold Liberty (more likely Haseler) stock at the end of the Cymric period as its popularity waned (also William Hutton’s artistic work too).
I believe these to be a Knox design, or based on a Knox design, given the shape of the bases and Celtic central motif.
Condition is excellent and they are a good gauge of silver.
Maker: Liberty & Co/Mappin & Webb
Designer: Archibald Knox (attrib)
Date : 1905
Marks: Mn & Wb, London, k
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 8.5cm long, 3.5cm high
Weight : 48 grams, 1.7 oz each