A William Snelling Hadaway arts and crafts silver christening cup

Price: £595

A William Snelling Hadaway christening cup with Hadaway family provenance.  It is inscribed to one side “The gift of Barry Pain and Stella his wife” and to the base “Hilary Stella Mary Snelling Hadaway”  Barry and Stella Pain were godparents to Mary Hadaway, who was William’s third daughter and who died in 1995.  This is very much a family piece with direct provenance back to the family.  For a very good biography of Hadaway see this link.

Of a good gauge, beautifully hand raised and hammered with a soft lustrous finish.  The stones are dark green and unidentified.  In very condition with original engraving still crisp to touch. There is a poorly made, or repaired, seam visible principally on the upturned base only.  See images.

Maker:  William Snelling Hadaway

Designer:  William Snelling Hadaway

Date: 1905

Marks: WSH, London, “k”

Material: Sterling silver and green stones

Condition: Very good – see description

Size: 5.5 cm high, 11 cm diameter max

Weight: 120 g, 4.2 oz

SKU: A739 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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