An Artificers Guild silver bowl or goblet with rare Edward Spencer mark
Price range: £750
A lovely small silver goblet or bowl by Edward Spencer for the Artificers Guild. Decorated to the base with fine wire work and geometric engraving. Beautifully hand planished, this goblet or bowl is lovely to hold and a very heavy gauge of silver. It is unusually marked with Spencer’s ES makers mark, not the Artificers Guild mark. Assayed for London 1937.
The Artificers Guild was originally established by Nelson Dawson along similar lines to Charles Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft but quickly changed ownership and from 1902 it’s chief designer became Edward Spencer who took over the firm as a limited company in 1909.
Spencer registered the classic Artificers Guild mark in 1906 and then his ES mark in 1914. It is not clear why he registered this further mark, but I can only find it used on pieces dating to 1937.
Maker: Artificers Guild
Designer: Edward Spencer
Date : 1937
Marks: ES, London “B”, ES circular mark
Material: Sterling silver
Size: 9.25 cm diameter, 5.5 cm high
Weight : 134 grams, 4.7 oz