A superb William Snelling Hadaway arts and crafts silver and amethyst christening cup

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A William Hadaway christening cup.  This is perhaps a perfect arts and crafts piece.  Of a good gauge, beautifully hand raised and hammered with a soft lustrous finish and fine detail to the base.  A single amethyst set in medieval style to the handle bringing added colour to the piece. In incredible condition with original engraving still crisp to touch.  Engraved “ AER 1906”, and around the base “The gift of Frances Elinor Pearse”

Maker:  William Snelling Hadaway

Designer:  William Snelling Hadaway

Date: 1907

Marks: WSH, London, “l”

Material: Sterling silver and amethyst

Condition: Excellent

Size: 7cm high, 7 cm diameter

Weight: 150g, 5.3 oz

SKU: A142 Category:


William Snelling Hadaway (1872-1941) was an American artist specialising in metal design, jewellery and book illustration. He moved to London in 1897 and worked as a silversmith and teacher. In 1907 he took the post of Superintendent at the Madras Government School of Arts, which he held until 1927 (Culme, Directory of Gold & Silversmiths, p202).  Alongside the likes of Charles Ashbee and Edward Spencer, Hadaway’s work was much featured and commended in the Studio. His archive is held at the Victoria & Albert Museum  (AAD/1978, Blythe Road).


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