Archibald Knox, Liberty & Co / Haselers
Art nouveau, Arts and crafts
A wonderful set of six massive Japanese meiji period silver buttons with dragon design. All are in very good original condition and of fantastic quality. One is marked for Arthur Bond, the leading Yokahama British trader. All are also marked “Sterling”.
Arthur Bond was an English company based in Yokohama, Japan during the Meiji period. Their high quality silverware and statement pieces were particularly sought after especially by foreign travellers and English gentlemen living in Japan. Located in Yokohama, Japan, the firm catered mainly to English expatriates and foreign travelers. They retailed and manufactured not just silverware but also gold lacquer, chased, hammered and inlaid metal works, ivory carvings, embroideries, cloisonne, porcelain, furniture and domestic items as stated in their business cards. The firm opened a second branch in Kobe, Japan and a shop in London, 52 St. Mary Axe and its products were retailed in America by G. W. Sheldon & Co.
Maker: Arthur Bond (retailer)
Date: c. 1910
Marks: See description
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 4.0 cm diameter
Weight: Each button 13 grams, 0.5 oz