An Archibald Knox small Cymric silver “Olaf” clock for Liberty & Co

Price range:  Reserved

A small silver Liberty & Co Cymric clock, designed by Archibald Knox, dated Birmingham 1903.  This is one of Knox’s earliest clock designs and is the only clock that appears in the c. 1900 illustrated Cymric catalogue, page 57.  The original blue green enamel face with Latin lettering “Festina Lente” translates as “make haste slowly” or “more haste, less speed”. In excellent working condition.

Maker: Liberty & Co

Designer: Archibald Knox

Date : 1903

Marks: L & Co, Birmingham, date letter “d”, Model number 5021

Material: Sterling silver, enamel dial

Condition: Excellent

Size: 9.5cm high, 9cm wide at base, 7.5cm deep at base

Weight : NM

SKU: A321 Category:


The design drawing for the clock can be found at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MODA), Middelesex University and is named “Olaf”. Olaf was a 13th century King of the Isle of Man. See article by myself, Anthony Bernbaum, entitled “Origins of the Liberty Cymric range”  in the Archibald Knox Society Journal 2014 Volume III, Page 26.

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Art nouveau, Arts and crafts