An early Japanese Liberty silver aesthetic Japanese chrysanthemum spoon

For sale is this beautiful, early, Liberty & Co Japanese silver and gilt spoon with chrysanthemum bowl and leaf stem. With lovely detail to both the bowl and terminal, highlighted with gilding.  This spoon is a rarity, dated for London 1893, the first year that Liberty entered their mark at the London assay office. It is also carries the “F” London import mark.

It is also marked S.M. whose mark typically appears on Liberty & Co’s silver in the 1893-1899 period.  The S.M mark has been documented by Adrien von Ferscht, an expert on Chinese Export Silver, as originating from a little known Canton firm working in Yokahama, Japan, Sadajiro Musashiya.  The firm’s founder and silversmith being Ozeki Sadajiro.  See this link for further information on this mark.

The spoon is in stunning original condition

Price: Sold

Maker: SM, Liberty

Designer: NA

Date: 1893

Marks: S.M.  Ly&Co, London, “s”, “F” import mark

Material: Sterling Silver

Condition: Excellent

Size: 14.0 cm long

Weight: 0.7 oz, 19 grams

SKU: A868 Category:


The S.M. mark appears on Adrien von Ferscht’s database of Chinese silver makers on the website

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Aesthetic, Art nouveau, Arts and crafts